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Chargers select...Wesley Britt
OT | (6'8", 314, 5.3) | ALABAMA
Strengths: Has a massive frame and the room to continue to get bigger. He is a consistent player with good toughness, competitiveness and leadership skills. Is an extremely hard worker on and off the field. Is passionate about the game and will continue to work to improve. He is one of the best run-blocking OT's in this class and he can only improve with added bulk. He has adequate initial quickness coming out of his stance as a run blocker. He takes excellent angles, is almost always in very good position, and shows explosive initial pop. He has strong arms and does a very good job of locking on and driving through his blocks. Plays with a mean streak and gives a great effort when working to sustain. He has a terrific wingspan in pass pro. Has adequate quickness in his pass pro set. Plays with good leverage and balance. Has long and strong arms to keep separation. Does a good job of sustaining in pass pro once he has locked on.
Weaknesses: Durability is still a minor concern. Has a great frame but still needs to add bulk and lower body strength. Is a better run blocker than pass protector at this point. Lacks great technique in pass protection. Needs to play with more consistent leverage. Can look stiff at times when he waist-bends and he also can improve his consistency when it comes to his hand placement. Must improve his feet when shuffling laterally. Plays with balance but isn't as quick as he needs to be.
Overall: Britt, when healthy, has been a fulltime starter since the first game of his freshman year 2001. He missed the last four games of the '03 season after suffering a broken leg just six plays into the Tennessee game. He had surgery on Oct. 26 and spent the remainder of the season in rehab, but recovered fully and returned as the team's fulltime starting left tackle as a senior in 2004. Britt did, however, suffer a broken fibula at the Senior Bowl and was unable to workout at the combine. As of the date of this report (March 17, 2005) Britt had not yet worked out for scouts in Tuscaloosa. Durability has become an increasing problem for Britt and it will affect his draft stock. Britt needs to continue to grow into his frame and improve his overall pass blocking skills with more experience. He isn't an elite athlete but he runs well and plays with good balance. Britt may need more time than most Day 1 prospects to develop after playing in a run-oriented scheme and dealing with two injuries that required significant rehabilitation. However, we still think Britt is worth taking a chance on in the third round, as he shows enough potential to develop into a starter in the NFL.
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Wesley Britt, OT, Alabama
Height: 6:08.0 Weight: 314
Overview: Britt is a towering athlete with the size of a basketball player, but has the aggression of a defensive lineman. He is a consistent performer who plays with pain, but has battled leg injuries the last two years. Britt was an all-state offensive tackle, Class 5A "Lineman of the Year" in Alabama and rated as one of the state's top-five prospects by College Sports' Southeastern Recruiting, adding Super Prep All-America as a senior at Cullman High School. He was the fifth-best prospect on the Birmingham News "Super Senior" list. As a senior, he graded out at 85 percent and registered 38 pancake blocks. He was the third-best prospect in the southeast according to Super Prep and also played defense where he turned in 97 tackles and 12 stops behind the line. As a junior, he threw the discus 142-6 to win the state title. Britt redshirted with the Crimson Tide in 2000, but moved into the starting lineup the following year, starting every game since arriving at Alabama (44). He posted 107 knockdowns in 2001, including 17 in the South Carolina clash. In 2002, he graded 96% or better for blocking consistency in twelve games while delivering a team-high 197 knock-downs. He added 134 knockdowns in nine games as a junior in 2003 before missing the final four contests with a broken leg. He graduated with a degree in Marketing after the 2003 campaign, but the leg injury would continue to sideline him throughout 2003 spring drills. When the 2004 season began, he was back in the starting lineup at left tackle, registering 63 knockdowns through the team's first eleven games.
Analysis: Positives...Has a very tall frame, with the ability to add at least another thirty pounds of bulk...Has lean muscle development and is light on his feet for a player of his size...Has adequate quickness to gain position and slide...Plays with good awareness and is quick to pick up line games and blitzes...Has the intelligence to pick up plays quickly and is an articulate, intelligent and vocal athlete...Uses his size properly to occupy space and gain position in order to wall off and sustain...Decent drive blocker who has the lateral mobility to gain position coming off the snap...Plays with a wide base and has made improvements in attempts to readjust and mirror vs. the edge rushers...Lacks the ability to sink his hips and stay at a low pad level, but uses his frame to lean in and grab to push his man off the line and wall off...Decent second level blocker, taking good angles to make the second level cut-off block...When he keeps his leg base wide, he is quick in his kick slide.
Negatives...Has adequate initial quickness, but tends to take false steps and get behind the defender when coming off the snap...Lacks explosion and flexibility to roll his hips and drive defenders off the ball, relying on his size to wall off...While he is a four-year starter on the left side, he does not have the lower body strength or the foot quickness to prevent from being beaten off the edge...This could lead to him moving to the right side in the pros, where he will not have to be isolated vs. the quicker edge rushers...More of a waist bender, rather than a knee bender, causing him to struggle when defenders get outside his frame work...Shows good hand placement, but fails to generate a strong punch, despite his upper body power...When he gets high in his stance, he tends to cross his feet, resulting in him struggling to redirect vs. the edge rush...Needs to do a better job of reloading his hands (drops them and does not throw them), as he keeps them too low, allowing defenders to get into his chest to push him back....Has had durability issues with fractured leg bones the last two years that might warrant further medical evaluation... Needs to take better angles to cut off linebackers when working in the second level...Might not be suited to play guard, as he is a marginal trap blocker who fails to bring his feet and loses balance when on the move...Must work on eliminating the false steps he takes on his deep set. CAREER HONORS
Agility tests: 5.30 seconds in 40-yard dash. ... 24 bench reps at 225 pounds. ... 33 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Cullman (Ala.) High School, playing football for coach Mark Britton...All-State offensive tackle, Class 5A "Lineman of the Year" in Alabama and rated as one of the state's top-five prospects by College Sports' Southeastern Recruiting, adding Super Prep All-America as a senior...Fifth-best prospect on the Birmingham News "Super Senior" list...As a senior, he graded out at 85 percent and registered 38 pancake blocks...Was the third-best prospect in the southeast according to Super Prep and also played defense where he turned in 97 tackles and 12 stops behind the line...As a junior, he threw the discus 142-6 to win the state title.
Personal: Graduated in December, 2003 with a degree in Marketing...Currently carries a 3.27 GPA and is enrolled in graduate school...Son of Tommy and Vera Britt...Brothers, Taylor and Justin also play for the Alabama Tide...Born 11/21/81...Resides in Cullman, Alabama.
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