Former Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton was taken 72nd overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2014 NFL draft. The talented pass-rusher is a solid prospect, and the Vikings decided he was too good to pass up.
Crichton was a strong contributor on the pass rush for the Beavers over the past two years, racking up 16.5 sacks in that span and establishing himself as a force on the defensive line. He was a first-team All-Pac 12 defender in 2012 and a second-team All-Pac 12 defender last year.
The former Oregon State star has a fantastic motor and is a strong, powerful presence off the edge. He can blast through blockers and wreak havoc in opposing backfields, using his strength to create chances for sacks. He's solid in the run game, anchoring into position and holding his spot to hit the runner.
But, Crichton isn't a perfect player by any stretch. He's not overly agile, and his straight-line speed leaves a lot to be desired. He relies heavily on anticipation to make plays, which is a good way to get burned in the NFL.
Will Crichton's strength translate to professional success? Or will his lack of speed and agility cost him? Watch as our draft experts discuss his ceiling, and what he brings to the NFL.