With the 64th pick of 2014 NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected Missouri offensive tackle Justin Britt. This pick came as a surprise to many analysts, as they believed Britt would be available much later.
Justin Britt was a projected 5th round pick. Ask Schneider if he gives a damn.— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) May 10, 2014
Britt is likely to be Seattle's starter at right tackle in Week 1. With 2013 starter Breno Giacomini no longer on the roster, the Seahawks needed to find a replacement at the position. It is important to note that Britt may end up elsewhere on the line.
He possesses the versatility that the Seahawks like in their offensive linemen. Paul McQuistan, Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey each played more than one position along the line last season. Having multiple players with that type of versatility allows Seattle the carry less players on the 45-man game-day roster.
Britt says he's played all five positions. #Seahawks— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) May 10, 2014
One thing that stands out in Britt's game tape is his aggressiveness. He has that mean streak that Giacomini was known for when he was in Seattle. This is an important attribute for Britt to have. Giacomini was a tone-setter for the rest of the offense, and the team will be glad to have someone who can set in and fill that role.
Britt is a powerful run-blocker and is consistently able to move and turn his defender out of position. He shows good lateral movement skills when run blocking and should be a natural fit in Seattle's zone-blocking scheme.
Another thing that shows up on his film is the lack of obvious mistakes. Britt was rarely flagged for penalties because he didn't get himself out of position where he would need to hold a defender. As one of the NFL's most penalized teams over the past few seasons, the Seahawks could definitely use some players who can play without inciting officials to throw flags.
Playing left tackle in the SEC, Britt went up against some of the best defensive players in the country and did very well. Included below is a video from Draft Breakdown of Britt playing against first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney.