Originally written on TopSportsReport  |  Last updated 12/20/14
In the second round the Giants filled a huge team need with their selection of Weston Richburg of Colorado State. Richburg was seen by many as the top center in this year’s draft because of his skill as a run and pass blocker. Richburg possesses good quickness off of the snap and the ability to block in space, which should prove to be valuable in new offense coordinator Ben McAdoo’s offense. Richburg may not have been the biggest or strongest center in the draft, but he is a technician. Richburg has adequate size and enough power to get the job done using his good technique. Intelligence and leadership are also strong assets in Richburg’s repertoire, which will enable him to make the line calls for Big Blue. The Giants were also big on Richburg’s versatility in his ability to play center as well as guard. Perhaps most importantly is his durability, not missing a single game in his 49 starts. One of the most impressive games in Richburg’s career was in 2012 where he broke his right hand, instead of missing any time he put a cast on his right hand and finished the game snapping with his left hand. Richburg’s toughness is exactly what the Giants’ offensive line needed. Richburg was projected to go in the third, but the Giants reached up and filled a need in hopes of reinvigorating the run game and cleaning up the pocket for Eli. The Giants were probably worried somebody might snatch him before their pick in the third after he was rising up draft boards because of his performance at the Senior Bowl where he showed off skills being the only guy capable of successfully blocking top defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The other big options at the pick were second-tier tight ends like Troy Niklas and Jace Amaro which have filled another hole in the Giants’ roster, but it appears they are going to give Adrian Robinson, formerly known as “the JPP of tight ends” a shot. David Zalubowski/Associated Press In the third round the Giants had a bit of a surprise pick with the selection of defensive tackle Jay Bromley, of Coughlin’s alma mater Syracuse. The Giants were expected to take a defensive tackle, though after passing on Aaron Donald I wasn’t expecting one quite this early especially with other higher rated DTs on the board, notable Louis Nix. However, the Giants went with local product Bromely who was expected to go a bit later in the draft in the 4th-6th rounds. Personally, I would have liked to take OG Gabe Jackson with this pick to round out the offensive line and provide Big Blue with plenty of depth and young blood to win in the trenches for years to come. But I digress. Dick Blume | dblume@syracuse.com Bromley is the ideal size of a DT at 6’3, 306 pounds and the willingness to add more weight as the Giants see needed. One selling point likely moving him up the Giants’ draft board is his skill as a pass rusher leading Syracuse with 10 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2013. Bromley should be able to provide the Giants with a good rotation player who is capable of providing some pass rush up the interior without being a liability against the run. While both of the Giants second day picks were considered reaches and both would have likely been available a round later. However, it appears Tom and Jerry were keen on getting the guy they wanted rather than leaving anything up to chance. It is also notable that the Giants went after two guys with a lot of leadership experience in day two. Richburg and Bromley were the captains of their respective lines and with veteran Giants like Tuck and Nicks leaving and Snee nearing the end of his career leadership is something the Giants definitely can’t get enough of. Games are won in the trenches and these two picks will provide life on both side of the ball. Dick Blume | dblume@syracuse.com The post The Giants’ Day 2 Draft Picks, Analyzed appeared first on TopSportsReport.

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