Seahawks sign Justin Britt, Garrett Scott

Posted May 22, 2014

The Seahawks selected two tackles in the NFL Draft – Justin Britt in the second round and Garrett Scott in the sixth round. Each signed his rookie contract Thursday.

There has never been anything subtle about Justin Britt, so it’s not surprising that word of the Seahawks’ second-round draft choice signing his rookie contract came from Britt via his twitter account.

The tackle from Missouri then deleted the tweet, but Thursday Britt tweeted a photo of him signing his contract. The Seahawks made it official later in the day, when it was announced that Britt and sixth-round pick Garrett Scott had signed their rookie contracts. Scott also is a tackle.

With Britt and Scott signed, the team is down to two unsigned draft choices – fourth-rounders Kevin Norwood, a wide receiver from Alabama; and Kevin Pierre-Louis, a linebacker from Boston College.

The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Britt was working at right tackle with the No. 1 line in last weekend’s rookie minicamp. Coach Pete Carroll and line coach Tom Cable have said that Britt will compete with Michael Bowie for the starting spot that opened when Breno Giacomini signed with the New York Jets in free agency.

“He picked everything up,” Carroll said at the conclusion of the three-day minicamp. “He’s very well prepared technique-wise. He has real good footwork. His base is real good. His balance is real good for a big man. He moved well off of the line of scrimmage. He won’t have any trouble learning.

“It’s going to take some time, of course, but he won’t have any trouble picking stuff up. He’s a real serious, mature kid and I think he would jump right into the competition – exactly like we planned.”

On the day the Seahawks drafted him, Cable pointed to Britt’s background as a heavyweight wrestler in high school as an example of the kind of competitiveness that the Seahawks covet.

“I love it,” said Cable, who also called Britt “an ornery, mean guy that plays the game the right way.”

“Loves to grind. Loves to work. … He’s no nonsense. That’s our kind of guy – guys who love to compete. He doesn’t care about the flashy, whatever all that is. Just wants to get better every day. So it’s really a perfect hit for us at what we need to have right now.”

Britt went 45-0 in winning the state title as a senior at Lebanon (Mo.) High School, and recently discussed how that background in wrestling plays into being a blocker in football.

“I think that’s where my competitive edge comes from,” Britt said. “In football, O-line doesn’t get looked at a lot. But you know you’re one-on-one every play with somebody. So either you’re going to win or you’re going to let him win. It’s whoever works harder and prepares harder.

“Being a wrestler, you get pushed to limits you didn’t even know you could be pushed to. Everybody is looking at you, and you don’t want to be the guy that gives up in front of how ever many people are there. So the adrenalin kicks in. You get a second breath of fresh air and you start going again.”

The 6-4, 307-pound Scott, who played at Marshall, did not participate in the rookie minicamp because he had yet to pass his physical. But the Seahawks envision him providing depth at left tackle, where Pro Bowler Russell Okung missed eight games last season and now is sidelined after having foot surgery. Scott started 35 games for the Thundering Herd at tackle and guard.

“We like the shot of him playing left tackle, because he’s done it and it’s a difficult spot to find,” Carroll said after the draft. “He looked very comfortable there – really has the kind of quickness and light-on-his -feet ability that gives us the thought that he could do that.”

The Seahawks will get going again on Tuesday during the first of the team’s 10 OTA practices.