2014 NFL Combine: Mizzou OL Justin Britt Interview
Mizzou offensive lineman Justin Britt caught up with Kat Lucchesi on Thursday to talk about his preparation for the NFL Combine and what it’s been like so far in Indianapolis.
Britt was in Pensacola, Fla., training with teammate and fellow combine participant L’Damian Washington in the weeks leading up to the event. He arrived in Indianapolis on Wednesday and has been working out with Athlete’s Performance, competing in drills, and going through the medical check-ups and examinations since.
When asked if, five years ago, when playing high school football in Lebanon, Mo., he ever thought he would be in this position—competing for a spot in the NFL—Britt admitted that he has even surprised himself.
“I want to say yes, but I definitely did not think this was going to happen,” Britt said. “My ego was big, but I don’t think it was this big. I definitely have been blessed and have a lot of things to give later on.”
The offensive lineman credited Mizzou’s stellar defensive line, which he faced every day in practice, and the phenomenal athletes in the rest of the SEC who he competed against with preparing him for what he’s going to face in the NFL.
“The SEC is definitely one of the best conferences in the nation, so it definitely has some of the best talent,” Britt said. “Going against that in practice everyday and every weekend in games really prepares you for what you’re going to face at the next level because, as you’ll find, a lot of SEC defensive linemen always end up in the pros.”
During media interviews, a reporter asked Britt if there is a current NFL player that he tries to mirror his game after, and he said that Joe Thomas is a guy he tries to imitate and learn from.
“Something that I took from him and changed really quickly was my kick size,” said Britt. “I used to take one giant kick on my first step, but after watching him and talking to my coaches, I’ll take short steps, and I get myself in a better position.”
Finally, Lucchesi asked Britt what Mizzou has taught him that has helped him get to where he is now.
“To make no excuses,” Britt said. “I don’t make excuses. I just get it done.”
Justin Britt completed his on-field workout this morning. Here’s how the Mizzou Made offensive tackle did:
40-Yard Dash – 5.19 seconds
Broad Jump – 100.0 inches
3 Cone Drill – 8.14 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle – 4.69 seconds