Seattle Seahawks Draft Grade: Is Justin Britt a Reach Pick?


Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Missouri Tigers offensive lineman Justin Britt speaks to the media during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks have earned the respect of the league after finding late-round talent in recent years and building a Super Bowl winner. Pete Carroll and John Schneider have proved the doubters wrong on several occasions.

It’s a good thing too, because otherwise the selection of offensive lineman Justin Britt might have brought some critique.

Why? Simple. Britt was “projected” to go much later than the second round. The site listed him as going in the sixth or seventh round.

Here is the thing with projection lists. They are projections. End of story.

What does that mean? It means that people do their best to evaluate and sometimes they are dead wrong.

We live in a world that is ruled by numbers,but sometimes the math fails us when it comes to our ability to describe what we are seeing. In addition, some people know just enough about statistics to be dangerous. Therefore, Justin Britt grades out at a 5.16 on the NFL site but that is based on some factors that are objective and some elements that are purely subjective.

In other words, “educated” guesses.

Maybe the guy turns out to be a bust and the Seahawks eventually get slammed for getting cocky after winning the Super Bowl. Or, maybe this will again show that the Seahawks know what they want and aren’t a slave to the draft projections.

Tom Cable likes Britt because he is “mean” and “ornery.” I don’t recall that being one of the grading criteria at the combine, but when you think about it, wouldn’t that be a wonderful factor to measure?

Welcome to the team, Mr. Britt. We wish you the best as you begin your NFL journey.

Draft grade for Justin Britt: Will be posted in three years

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