May 9, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Rams had been stuck on 99 NFL draft picks after Colorado State offensive lineman Shelley Smith was drafted by the Houston Texans in the 2010 NFL Draft. That number increased to 100 on Friday after center Weston Richburg was selected by the New York Giants in the second round with the 43rd overall pick.
“I couldn’t be more excited to snap to Eli Manning,” Richburg said. “I’m honored to have an opportunity to play for such a successful organization.”
Richburg, who is only the ninth Ram selected in the first two rounds, is CSU’s highest draft pick since 1987 when quarterback Kelly Stouffer was selected sixth overall by the St. Louis Cardinals.
“This was well deserved,” said Head Coach Jim McElwain, who coached Richburg for two years. “He’s a guy that came in here and really jumped right into the system and the program. I can’t express how proud I am of him. Being picked in the second round is really saying something. We obviously thought he was something special, and the people in the National Football League must think the same.”
Richburg first received a phone call from a Giants scout who said they were about to draft him. Then the phone was handed to Head Coach Tom Coughlin.
“I spoke to Coach Coughlin and he talked about my work ethic and how excited he was to get me in New York,” Richburg said.
The 6-foot-3, 298-pound center set the school record, starting in 50 consecutive games. Since 2010, Richburg blocked for 7,765 rushing yards and 140 total offensive touchdowns. Richburg earned first-team All-Mountain West honors in 2013 after earning honorable mention in 2012 and second-team honors in 2011. As a freshman, he was named a first-team Freshman All-America center by Phil Steele and CollegeFootballNews.com.
As a senior in 2013, Richburg blocked for CSU’s single-season rushing leader Kapri Bibbs, who rushed for 1,741 yards, and led the Rams to their first bowl victory and appearance since 2008.
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