Colorado State Center Weston Richburg did little to stand out to scouts until the Senior Bowl. Before that game he had been thought to be the type of player that got by on wits and hadn’t really faced many quality opponents. He was, however, durable, starting all 50 games he played in.
Good snap-and-step quickness. Maneuvers to gain positioning. Good mobility — gets out of the chute quickly as a puller and demonstrates nice body control. Good awareness. Energetic and aggressive temperament. Durable, 49-game starter. Vocal team leader with outstanding intangibles. Two-time team captain.
Lacks ideal girth and could be stressed by wide body nose tackles. Average hip snap — lacks body power to blow defensive tackles off the ball. Lacks elite athleticism to execute reach blocks. Can improve grip strength to better control defenders (average sustain) — slides off some blocks. Inconsistent contact balance, especially at the second level where he can be more efficient connecting and fitting.
Richburg’s first calling card is his durability, as the Bushland, Texas native started every game over the past four years. He finished off a first-team All-Mountain West senior season, anchoring an offense that averaged 461.2 yards per game through 13 games.He was invited to the Senior Bowl, where Richburg impressed with his ability to handle powerful bull-rushers from more prominent programs while also showing the ability to get to the second level.Durable, intelligent and a better athlete than most give him credit for, Richburg is a Top 100 prospect who could ultimately challenge Arkansas’ Travis Swanson to be the first pivot off the board if he can continue to build momentum throughout the draft process.