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Minnesota Vikings draft analysis: Scott Crichton

Scott Crichton (95) was selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
Scott Crichton (95) was selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
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Position: Defensive End

Number: 72

College: Oregon State

Height: 6-3

Weight: 273

2014 Statistics: 47 total tackles, 19 tackles for a loss 7.5 sacks, 3 pass breakups, 3 passes defensed, 1 quarterback hurry, 1 fumble recovery, 3 forced fumbles

My analysis: Crichton is quick off the ball, but relies on his other skills to make plays. He uses his hands to get off blocks and to set up finesse moves. He can move inside to provide interior penetration on passing downs. He is not going to win battles with his athleticism and can lose containment by getting sucked inside.

NFL.com’s Nolan Nawrocki’s bottom line: Strong, athletic, raw defensive end prospect who would have been better served returning for his senior season. Despite being rough around the edges at this stage of his development, Crichton shows in flashes and has power potential as a 4-3 defensive end. Could require patience.

The skinny: Crichton is likely to serve as one of the top reserves in the defensive end rotation. His future is likely at left defensive end - a spot currently owned by incumbent starter Brian Robison. Crichton’s upside might be limited, but at the very least, he could always have a place in the NFL as a rotational and situational defensive linemen.