Oregon States junior defensive end, Scott Crichton, is an athletic player that could step in right away and contribute to the Kansas City Chiefs defense. His frame and physic (6’3″, 265 lbs) allow him play multiple positions along the defensive line. Something that Oregon state took advantage of through out 2013. Crichton only had 7.5 sacks last year, but was the focal point every week for every offensive line he faced, often drawing double teams and chips from tight ends and running backs off the edges.
- 40 Yard Dash- 4.84 seconds
- Bench Press (225 lbs)- 24 reps
- Vertical Jumps- 31 1/2 inches
- Broad Jump- 9’0″ feet
- (Source NFLDraftScout.com)
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com had this to say about Crichton’s strenghts,
“Possesses a well-built frame with good overall musculature. Times the snap well, showing good initial quickness off the ball to cross the face of offensive tackles. He uses his hands very well, frequently chopping and ripping through opponents’ attempts to latch onto him and possesses good core strength, showing the ability to simply bull-rush would-be blockers into the pocket. Holds up well in the running game, showing the power to anchor, as well as lateral agility and balance to string plays out to the sideline. Good strength in his hands to grab hold of ball-carriers for the drag-down tackle. High-revving motor. Pursues laterally and downfield with passion. Time in the weight room has been obvious, as Crichton has added over 30 pounds to his frame since his high school days.”
Kansas City needs depth at defensive end, and this kid could provide it for 2o14 and potentially take over a starting roll in the future. Problem is, he projects better as a 4-3 defensive end, and doesn’t really posses the skills to stand up and rush the passer, something the Chiefs need to start paying attention to as Tamba Hali is entering the last two years of his contract.
Rang continues with Crichtons weaknesses,
While possessing an impressive build, Crichton’s physique does not lend itself well to flexibility, however, making him a bit stiff when changing directions. Further, he does not possess ideal straight-line speed for the position and relies more on anticipation rather than closing speed to track down ball-carriers. As such, Crichton is limited to the schemes and roles in which he’s likely to be successful in the NFL.
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How do you feel about the Scott Crichton becoming the Chiefs newest defensive lineman? I don’t see Kansas City taking this kid unless he slips through the cracks and into the third round. He’s projected to be a 2nd round prospect and seeing that the Chiefs do not have a selection that round this season, I just don’t see him becoming a Chief.