Jan. 21, 2014
Colorado State’s Weston Richburg started all 50 games at center in his collegiate career and graded above 90-percent in his final 26 games. His four-year resume helped him earn a spot on the North roster for Saturday’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
Throughout the week the former Ram will be providing updates to CSURams.com from Alabama
Saturday, Jan. 18 – Sunday, Jan. 19
Weston Richburg arrived in Mobile, Ala. on Saturday to prepare for the Reese’s Senior Bowl, set to kick off on Jan. 25. Upon arrival, Richburg learned his roommate for the week was a familiar face, and someone he has been often compared to, Utah State’s center Tyler Larsen.
The first couple of days consisted of NFL testing, as they look at reaction time and pattern recognition, interviews with scouts and coaches and an install meeting. Richburg said he felt good about his tests and had a sense of confidence heading into the week of practice.
Meeting with the scouts on Saturday evening allowed Richburg an opportunity to share his story with them and ask questions about their organization.
The weekend concluded with more meetings with scouts and preparation for Senior Bowl practices. Richburg said he was able to nap and get rested for the week while watching the Broncos AFC Championship victory over the New England Patriots.
Monday, Jan. 20
Monday was an early start as Richburg had to get showered and eat breakfast before beginning the day at 8:30 a.m. with weigh-ins. From there, it was all meetings and a short period of time to rest before the first practice.
Richburg said practice went “really well,” and that the competition was great. He matched up during one-on-ones against Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald, who Richburg called “unbelievable.”
Reports on Twitter coming from scouts at practice were that Richburg was impressing them. Daniel Jeremiah, an analyst for NFL.com and the NFL Network, was one of the many impressed with the Bushland, Texas native.
CSU Center Weston Richburg is a solid player on tape and he had a good day today...Quick feet, balance and anchor.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 21, 2014
Both teams headed to a dinner at the USS Alabama, a ship commissioned in 1942 that served in World War II, before heading back to the hotel for formal meetings with scouts and coaches.
On Monday evening, Richburg had meetings with New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan and Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin. He felt the meetings were positive, and he hoped he had left a good impression.
Tuesday, Jan. 21
Richburg had another day similar to Monday, filled with meetings, film, practice and interviews with NFL personnel.
Practice went well for the former Rams center, who was matching up one-on-one against Donald again, who has had arguably the best week in Mobile, and Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman. Richburg said working with Mike Tice has been important as he faces stiff competition on the defensive line.
“Tice is a well-respected guy around the league and he has us playing really well right now,” Richburg said. “You can tell he really knows his stuff.”
For the second-consecutive day, Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout for the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, praised Richburg after another strong practice.
Another strong day for CSU center Weston Richburg...Quick hands, quick feet and good balance. Blocked Donald and Hageman in 1-1 drills.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 22, 2014
After practice Richburg participated in a 30-minute autograph session for kids before attending more meetings. Then Richburg went to dinner with his father and step-mother, who have been in town since Monday. They found a quiet seafood restaurant, which helped him relax before an intense two-hour session with NFL teams.
Richburg said he met with too many teams to remember them all on Tuesday but most of them asked about his past and what he likes to do in his free time. He said a few teams gave him a piece of paper and asked him to draw a play.
Richburg wrapped up the day by running into a familiar face in Crockett Gillmore. The two played football at Bushland High School before attending CSU.
“I’m really happy that he’s here. He deserves to be here and he will do well but I hate that he isn’t on my team.”
Wednesday, Jan. 22
Check out a few tweets about Richburg after the final full-padded practice.
I'm thinking about creating the Weston Richburg fan club…anyone else want to join? We could make t-shirts, bumper stickers and coffee mugs.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 23, 2014
Colorado State center Weston Richburg def one of my winners this week. Even looks good pulling today— Shane P. Hallam (@ShanePHallam) January 22, 2014
In my latest Senior Bowl piece, I wrote that Colorado State's Weston Richburg may overtake Travis Swanson as the class' top center prospect— Brent Sobleski (@brentsobleski) January 22, 2014
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