BY Art Thiel 06:44PM 05/09/2014

2nd draft pick: Seahawks take Missouri OT Britt

The Seahawks used their second pick in the NFL draft’s second round, 64th overall, to take Justin Britt, a 6-foot-5, 325-pound tackle from the University of Missouri. Here’s a scouting report from CBSSports.com’s NFL draft expert Rob Rang:

STRENGTHS: Looks the part of today’s prototypical left tackle, possessing impressive height, very long arms and a trim middle. Good initial quickness, especially as a run blocker, firing off the ball to turn and seal defenders from the action.

Physical. Gets a strong initial shove on the opponent, which often is enough to knock him onto his heels. He has a wide base with good bend and flexibility in his kick-slide to keep the pocket clean. Plays with his knees bent, butt down and on the balls on his feet, giving him good balance. Slides well laterally to mirror defenders and uses his arm length and powerful shoves to keep opponents at bay

. Good awareness and competitive spirit. Peels back to knock down unsuspecting defenders in pursuit of ball-carriers. Experienced left and right tackle and some view him as a potential guard convert due to his power and tenacity

WEAKNESSES: Possesses good initial quickness but tops out quickly. Too often isn’t able to get to the second level in time to make the block on linebackers. Relies upon his initial shove too often, stopping his feet to get the emphatic punch on opponents and failing to latch on and sustain.

Will be viewed by some as a bit of a ‘tweener, as he may not possess the foot speed to remain outside but may be too tall for most quarterbacks to see over and has never played guard. Britt missed the final 3½ games of 2012 with a torn ACL. Previously, he suffered a fractured foot that kept him out of spring practice.

COMPARES TO: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay Packers. A year ago the former Colorado Buffalo caught my attention as a gritty pass-blocker with an impressive punch many scouts had underrated, presumably because of the team’s struggles to win. Britt is taller than Bakhtiari, and because of Missouri’s sudden improvement against SEC competition, he’s less likely to be overlooked. If healthy, he’s a potential day three sleeper who could surprise as a contributor early in his pro career.

Player overview

Much of Missouri’s success in 2013 was attributed to their defensive line, but the offensive line also stepped up play in their second season of SEC competition with Britt leading the way.
Coming off of a 2012 campaign shortened due to multiple serious leg injuries, Britt earned All-SEC accolades from the coaches (second team) and media (first team) alike at the all-important left tackle position. With 24 starts at left tackle and six at right tackle, Britt has the experience against top competition necessary to make him an easy projection to the NFL.
Still, considering the injuries he had in 2012, scouts were disappointed when Britt was unable to participate in the East-West Shrine Game. If he’s healthy, Britt could earn middle-round consideration. His length, tenacity and initial shove are undeniable.

YourThoughts

  • Kirkland

    Offensive line was probably the Seahawks’ biggest weakness last year. Good to see them address it this early in the draft.