Scott Crichton NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Vikings DE

Darren PageFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2014

Sep 7, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers defensive end Scott Crichton (95) pushes around Hawaii Warriors offensive linesman David Griffin (72) at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
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Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State (HT: 6’2⅞” WT: 273 lbs)

Minnesota Vikings

Third Round: 72nd Pick 

NFL Comparison: Nick Perry, OLB/DE, Green Bay Packers

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  • Snaps his hips coming off the ball, is often the first man into contact. 
  • Has big and heavy hands he knows how to use. 
  • Too physical and quick to eat up space for blockers to recover when he gets a step. 
  • Consistently disruptive in the backfield. 
  • Has some natural wiggle to move laterally in rushes, works an effective swim move as well. 
  • Frequently blows back pass-blockers with a heavy punch on first contact. 
  • Presses the pocket from outside and from the interior with an effective bull rush. 
  • Draws many holding penalties by getting blockers off their balance point with power. 
  • Overwhelms blockers on first contact to reset the line of scrimmage regularly. 
  • Clogs up space and can engage multiple blockers. 
  • Rarely gives ground at the point of attack, generates so much power from his lower body. 
  • Instinctively spins away from contact, just needs to maintain balance better. 
  • Always fires hands into blockers, can play off cut blocks with ease. 
  • High-motor player with a relentless playing style. 
  • Utilized all over the Beavers defensive line, even at nose tackles against spread offenses. 
  • Highly productive in all three seasons in college. 
  • Found ways to be productive in games without recording sacks. 
  • Saw a high number of chips and doubles in 2013 and was still productive.



  • Not an especially dominant athlete at the collegiate level. 
  • Height and length are on the lower end for defensive ends.
  • Limited upside as a pass-rush specialist in the NFL. 
  • Plays upright, especially as a rusher. 
  • Doesn’t play with balance consistently when engaged with blockers. 
  • Stiff hips limit ability to bend around the corner and execute speed rushes to much effect. 
  • Essentially a one-speed rusher who’s reliant on initial quickness on the edge. 
  • Doesn’t set up pass-rush moves or read pass-blockers instinctively. 
  • Spin move is unproductive for the most part. 
  • Needs to learn how to finish with his hands when he gets a step on a blocker. 
  • Doesn’t always shed run blocks in a timely fashion to make plays, gets hung up battling the blocker. 
  • Lack of length limits ability to extend hands and create space to disengage.


Collegiate Statistics
2011Oregon State7414.5663
2012Oregon State4417.5913
2013Oregon State47197.533

Personal Notes

  • A 3-star prospect as a recruit in class of 2010, 44th ranked strong-side defensive end by Rivals
  • 2012 First Team All-Pac-12. 
  • 2013 Second Team All-Pac-12. 
  • Had off-season shoulder surgery in the Spring of 2013, but never missed a game at Oregon State. 
  • Declared for the draft without seeking advice from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, wants his parents to be able to retire, had already made his decision.

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Scott Crichton is not an athletic marvel nor will he ever become a sack artist at the NFL level. He’s more of a throwback defensive end, but there is still a place for him in the league today. It will come down to whether his NFL team uses him in a way that maximizes his strengths.

Crichton projects as a defensive end who will feast on blockers if he doesn’t get lined up too wide.  Teams who heavily employ a four-man front, especially those who prefer a 4-3 under, should have interest in Crichton’s skills. If played head up on an offensive tackle, his overwhelming power and ability to fire off the ball will give offenses fits on the edge. On third downs, Crichton can also slide to the interior and a pinch and be just as effective.


Draft Projection: Second round


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