Drafting or acquiring a center has taken on added importance for
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Drafting or acquiring a center has taken on added importance for the New York Giants because an off-season automobile accident has placed the future of Kevin Belcher in limbo, General Manager George Young said Tuesday.
″He is still rehabilitating,″ said Young in an interveiw after the premier of the National Football League team’s 1984 highlight film. ″We have some interest in a center because of his uncertain status. We have a concern.″
Belcher was injured in mid January when the jeep he was driving overturned on a Pennsylvania road after he braked to avoid a jack-knifed tractor trailer. The former Texas El Paso player was not injured until a second truck hit the jeep and pushed it under the jack-knifed vehicle.
The 270-pound Belcher suffered crushed ribs, a broken jaw and nerve damage in one of his legs in the accident. He has been rehabilitating at Giants Stadium since leaving the hospital.
Young said it would be a good year for centers in the April 30th NFL draft, and he singled out Mark Traynowicz of Nebraska, Kevin Glover of Maryland, Mike Kelley of Notre Dame and Dan Turk of Wisconsin as leading collegiate prospects.
″It’s hard to predict where centers are going to be taken because the center position is a little like punter in that you don’t really want to draft someone unless they are going to play,″ said Young. ″Starting someone right out of college is not the easiest thing to do.″