Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Missouri Tigers offensive linesman Justin Britt (68) blocks Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive end Tyler Johnson (40) in the first half of the game at the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Missouri beat Oklahoma State 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Britt Seahawks Rookie Profile: Pete Carroll's 'Reach' Paying Off

JUSTIN BRITT

Position: Right Tackle

School: Missouri Tigers

Measurables: 6’6″, 325 lbs

How Acquired: Selected in 2th round of NFL Draft

How can the Seahawks use him?

If you don’t know by now, Justin Britt is competing to be the Seahawks’ starting right tackle with second year lineman Michael Bowie. Through rookie camp and OTA’s, it’s not necessarily all that close of a competition, Britt is showing out and the coaches haven’t really talked about Bowie that much, which is a big deal. In fact Tom Cable put in a very telling quote on Britt’s current standing:

He gets it. Nothing is too big for him. He really has a good background and he’s ready for something like this. … He’s been in the right kind of environments and he’s doing really well.”

That’s pretty straight forward and by further complimenting Britt on his work against the No. 1′s (defense) the past couple days, Cable and Pete Carroll are giving pretty strong signs pointing in his direction. He was indeed Cable’s number one guy going into day two of the NFL Draft and the Hawks pulled the trigger for their offensive line coach. From my chair, it’s pretty clear that if one of the best OL coaches in the NFL was zeroed in on this kid before the rest of the field was, there’s a pretty good reason. 12′s can probably pencil the former SEC tackle into the starting lineup this upcoming season.

There are those (like Terry Blount of ESPN.com) that believe in Justin Britt’s starting potential in Seattle, but for the most part there was more of a prevailing thought that the Hawks seriously reached for him. Mike Mayock said “I had more of a fifth-round grade on him, Britt’s a technician” and several others claimed that they pulled down the draft grade by at least a letter simply because of that particular pick.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Rounds 6-7

BOTTOM LINE

College left tackle with enough length and foot quickness to handle the blind side in a pinch, but is more ideally suited for the right side and could be best suited for a swing backup role. Has played nearly every position on the line and could add depth as a positional, wall-off blocker.

-NFL.com

Basically, as happens every year, Carroll and John Schneider got the overall ‘smh’ (shake my head) vote by critics on their second overall pick. But it seems while the tapes showed a 5th, 6th or even 7th round grade for whatever reason (probably because he’s a more natural right tackle and played left out of necessity in his senior year at Mizzou), the intangibles and maturity of Britt are going to make the Seahawks’ brass look like geniuses again.

Best Attribute

I went into last season wanting the guys I went against to remember me. It was my last year, so I wanted to leave a mark in their mind and have them remember me. If nasty is the word you want to use, then I’m nasty. – Justin Britt

Once an undefeated Missouri state champion in wrestling, Britt’s best attribute is his combination of footwork and physicality. There are a few things that this kid has that can’t be coached, but being able to combine those two into a smooth and powerful package are what will matter most when push comes to shove in the battle for starter.

[h/t: Seahawks.com]

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  • Paddy

    Very excited at his potential. Hopefully he anchors the right and perhaps even the left side at some point for a long time. I can’t even imagine what a Seahawks OL will look like if they have Okung, Unger, and Britt playing well at their positions. And we can’t count out Sweezy and Carpenter/Bowie doing an adequate job at the guard spots.

  • HD

    I have heard some comments that Seattle’s line still sucks…Britt was a reach…should have kept the first round pick for the kId from UCLA or Joe B from Nevada…but frankly…so far Britt has impressed both with the “Brain and the Brawn”…by the time season rolls around I think he might well be an upgrade to Breno….Bailey and Bowie will both get a lot of work…they both improved since last year at this time and have important game experience from 2013…Okung and Unger are still here…Carpenter is in the best shape and the healthiest he’s been since he was drafted…and he has quite a few games under his belt…Sweezy is 20 lbs heavier with muscle and going into his 3rd year of playing OG…ever…he continues to get better…There’s the Gilliam find from UDFA…Hauptmann (on the 53 last year at 3rd RT) looks to be playing backup guard and possibly center now (another redshirt guy)…also working with the 1 kicking team….Schilling from San Diego is a 4 year vet who bring depth and utility at backup guard…they resigned Lem this year to a one year deal (he did pretty well last year at center later in the season)….Van Roten from GB may prove to be another solid backup at guard…I think Tom Cable has been tinkering looking for a chemistry…this may be a group that comes closer than any he’s had to date

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      Excellent observations here. We’ll have to see if the line can stay away from those injuries that would force guys into unfamiliar spots. I think that’s been a huge derail in the Hawk-chemistry

  • johntheonly

    The only thing I’ve learner prior to seeing anybody play real games, is that there seems to be some immovable descriptions, both by coaches and commentators about potentials and aspirations. While the coaches have the inside track on players, the commentators are really hit or miss when it comes to assessing the way a player will fit in with a team. The only thing I can see that may possibly be true, is that Britt has quicker feet than Breno. Even if that is true, there is no telling how it will translate into game effectiveness. I know that the 1) OL needs to give our QB more time, and a bigger pocket in which to operate, and 2) there are a lot of developing linemen on this team who are in their second or third year when the most noticeable improvements happen.

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      Good thoughts John. I think it’s interesting that you say he’s got quicker feet than Breno. To me that doesn’t matter so much. Only thing that matters is if his feet are faster than Bowie and of course if he can continue to pick up the offense and translate it at a fast pace.