Over the next week, I will bring you a couple of short profiles of players that have been linked to being on the Colts’ radar come draft time. Now, some haven’t been in for private workouts; but still many analysts have tagged some of these guys as being a possibility for the Colts to snag.
My first profile will be at the position where the Colts have the most need: Center. Yes, the position that everyone has been talking about and I’m sure many of you are tired of hearing about. However, it is possibly the most important position of need right now. The Colts do have Khaled Holmes on the roster and he’s currently the only viable option. Can he handle the duties? We’re not sure. So unsure that the Colts have been tagged with the possibility of drafting a center with their 2nd or 3rd round pick.
Richburg is hands-down the best prospect at center in this years draft. Grigson has already made it known that the remaining centers in free agency aren’t people he wants to bring into Indy. Richburg was a team captain at Colorado State and started the final 26 games of his college career at center. He had a fantastic showing at the Combine in February which slingshot him into the position he currently sits in.
He has outworked 2013 Rimington Trophy winner Brian Stork and the other finalists like Travis Swanson and Tyler Larsen. The best thing I love about Richburg is that he is more than just a center. He was a journeyman along the offensive line in college playing left tackle and both guard positions throughout his career. So there is another plus side to Richburg there. He isn’t huge, though. 6’4 and 300 lbs. isn’t exactly a road grater; but he does have the strength to push opponents around and impose his will on them which is what you want in the captain of your offensive line.
With how well Richburg has worked out for teams and at the Combine, it’s possible that he won’t be there at the 56th pick in the second round. However, there isn’t a huge need for centers in the NFL right now. Most teams are pretty set at that position- except for the Colts, of course. With that being said, he more than likely won’t fall past the middle to late 3rd round. So if the Colts are going to want this guy to come in and compete they are more than likely going to have to use their 2nd round pick on him. If not, then it’s on to the next prospect at center- but Richburg is the real deal.