So, how did the New York Giants make out on Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft? The Giants added depth and talent to both lines Friday, selecting Colorado State center Weston Richburg in the second round, 43rd, overall, and Syracuse defensive tackle Jay Bromley in the third round, 74th overall. Vote in the polls at the end of each post to let us know how you feel.
Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
The Giants felt like they needed to add a center, and they did so with the versatile, athletic Richburg.
"The Giants do in the second what everyone thought they would do in the first, address the offensive line. Weston Richburg should be able to step in and take the the starting center job immediately.
"Richburg is a good run and pass blocker with excellent quickness off the snap. He's very good at gaining position on defenders and blocking in space. He has only adequate power, but plays with good technique, so that shouldn't be an issue. Also Richburg is very durable, having started 49 straight games.
Richburg is generally thought of as a 3rd round prospect, so this could be seen as a reach for need, but he should help the inside running game and along with Geoff Schwartz and Chris Snee/John Jerry/Brandon Mosley give Eli Manning a clean pocket to step up into."
Dan Kadar of Mocking The Draft:
Following a stellar Senior Bowl where he was the only person who could block Aaron Donald, Richburg was moved up to the top of our center rankings. First and foremost, Richburg is a technician. He plays with proper hand use and keeps a good base. Richburg isn't the type of center who will drive a lot of defenders to the ground, but he also won't get pushed back. In addition to center, he's also capable of playing guard.
- Versatility, athleticism attracted Giants to Richburg
- Where does Richburg fit on Giants' depth chart?
Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
Most analysts figured the Giants would eventually add a player to their defensive tackle rotation. Hardly anyone figured it would be Bromley at this point in the draft, not with a number of more high-profile defensive tackles remaining on the board.
"The Syracuse connection strikes again. The Giants add some much needed depth to their defensive line and passrushing firepower with the DT from 'cuse.
"Jay Bromley has excellent size and length at 6'3, 306 with long arms and big hands. He's a dangerous passrusher leading The Orange with 10 sacks in 2013. He has an impressive burst off the snap while still being stout at the point of attack.
"Bromley has generally been seen as a 3rd day prospect, but he has similar physical gifts as more highly rated defensive tackles. He should slide in nicely beside John Hankins and provide a good interior pass rush without giving up much against the run."
"Bromley is a good gap-shooting defensive tackle. He could develop nicely next to Johnathan Hankins for the Giants. Bromley has a good first move and generates a nice initial burst. He was incredibly productive for Syracuse. He didn't grade out higher because he doesn't always play with proper technique. He'll often let blockers into his body, and that neutralizes his power."