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Great Scott: Seahawks’ new OT is remarkably athletic

By Danny O’Neil

RENTON – The vertical leap was listed as 33 inches at Marshall’s pro day.

“Thirty-three and a half,” left tackle Garrett Scott said.

And he ran 40 yards in 5.04 seconds?

“In wet conditions,” Scott said.

Did we mention the man weighs 310 pounds? That’s a very big guy, whose athleticism is very intriguing for a team that uses the zone-blocking scheme.

“He was kind of an under-the-radar guy,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said.

The rationale: Left tackle Russell Okung is coming off of foot surgery that may keep him out through the team’s offseason workouts, which leaves Alvin Bailey – an undrafted rookie last year – at that spot. Not only that, but Okung has missed 19 games over his four NFL seasons and has two years left on his contract.

While second-round pick Justin Britt was drafted to compete for playing time at right tackle, Scott will be more of a developmental player the Seahawks project on the left side.

“He looks very comfortable there,” coach Pete Carroll said. “(He’s) really got the kind of quickness and light-on-his-feet ability that gives us the thought that he could do that. But we always need our guys to be flexible and he does help us there.”

The risk: The reason left tackles are so very valuable in the NFL – and why Okung was the No. 6 overall pick in 2010 – is it’s incredibly rare to find a player with that combination of size and athleticism to neutralize a top pass rusher coming off the edge.

Scott’s incredible athleticism points to the possibility he can do it. However, there’s hardly a guarantee he will. He’s someone best described as an intriguing prospect as opposed to someone you start projecting for playing time.