Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Britt is pick with best chance to start
By Terry Blount
Which of the nine Seattle draft picks has a chance to start on opening day?
It's a tough task for most rookies, especially ones who aren't first-round picks. But the one Seahawks pick who could be on the field for the first snap of 2014 is Missouri offensive tackle Justin Britt.
Britt (6-5, 325) was Seattle's second of two choices in the second round, the 64th overall selection. He will get an opportunity to battle 2013 rookie Michael Bowie for the starting spot at right tackle. One of them probably will replace Breno Giacomini, who signed with the New York Jets as a free agent.
This is no knock on Seattle's first choice in the draft -- Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson, the 45th overall choice in the draft and the seventh receiver selected.
Richardson is a true burner with great hands. He likely will be in the rotation at receiver for the Seahawks, but I don't see him starting in the opener over Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin or Jermaine Kearse. All three have more than earned their spots.
If Seattle's first play from scrimmage is a four-wide formation, maybe Richardson is one of the four, but overall, the one guy who has a chance to play as a true starter is Britt.
He is offensive line coach Tom Cable's kind of guy, a tough kid who plays a little nasty at times.
"I went into last season wanting the guys I went against to remember me," Britt said after the Seahawks drafted him. "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."
Music to the ears of Cable and coach Pete Carroll, who love players with confidence and competitiveness.
Two of Seattle's fourth-round picks _ UCLA defensive end Cassius Marsh and Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood _ also could see significant playing time in 2014, but Britt is the man who knows going in he is fighting for a starting spot in the first game.
All the Seahawks rookies can take heart in knowing this fact: Since 2011, five players who weren't first-round picks by the team started their first NFL game.
Two were in 2011 -- third-round pick John Moffitt (a guard from Wisconsin who now is out of football) and fourth-round pick K.J. Wright (an outside linebacker from Mississippi State).
And three more in 2012 – middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (a second-round pick from Utah State), quarterback Russell Wilson, (a third-round choice from Wisconsin) and guard J.R. Sweezy (a seventh round pick from North Carolina State who played defensive tackle in college).