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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ The New York Giants selected center Weston Richburg of Colorado State with their second-round pick, the No. 43 selection overall, in the NFL draft on Friday night.

The 6-foot-3, 298-pound Richburg is a versatile lineman, having played all three positions at Colorado State, but started all 13 games last season as a center. Richburg was the first center selected in this year’s draft.

He started for all four years, never missing a game, making 50 consecutive starts even after breaking his right hand in 2012, learning to snap with his left instead.

He was a finalist for both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Trophy, given to the nation’s top interior linemen, in both his junior and senior seasons and was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the nation’s top center.

The Giants had signed free agent veteran J.D. Walton as a projected starter at center, but Walton missed all of 2013 due to injury, so Richburg will get a chance to contend for the starting slot right away.

Richburg played in the Senior Bowl and impressed scouts at the combine in Indianapolis, helping his draft stock.

 

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