Scott Crichton   DE   Oregon St

TALENT BOARD ROUND 1

STRENGTHS
Scott has the size, strength and football intelligence to be an outstanding strong side 4-3 defensive end for the team that selects him. He is a playmaker who plays the run as well as he rushes the passer. He has sudden quickness that is on you before you realize and his pass rushing techniques are mature and outstanding. He can play in a 1-gap or 2-gap system and although he plays mostly in a three point stance, I have no doubt he will be just as effective as your rush OLB/DE in a 3-4 defense. He shows on film good change of direction skills and is outstanding at dealing with double teams and still making plays both on run downs and pass rushing downs. Scott is very smart and shows leadership skills on the field. He uses excellent technique keeping those big offensive linemen off his body and shedding and making tackles in the hole and behind the line of scrimmage. This kid has natural football strength and that, along with his ability to come off the line at the correct pad level, allows him to move players around like rag dolls. He will set up offensive linemen for the big play and gets stronger as the game goes on.

CONCERNS
Scott doesn’t have the foot speed that most teams are looking for in 3-4 OLB/DE’s and this will limit him to being selected by teams that run a 4-3 defense only. This will affect his value, but not his impact. You’re looking at a more mature (technique wise) and more fluid Justin Tuck style of defensive end.

BOTTOM LINE
Scott may not have the foot speed that others in this draft do, but there are not many that will be better on the field at making plays and making an impact. His change of direction skills are solid and his strength as well as his suddenness and reaction to the play are outstanding. His pass rushing and run stuffing techniques are solid and his ability to affect every play an offense runs is noteworthy also. Scott has to be accounted for and doubled on every pass play and if you run at him, he has to be double teamed also, which will not guarantee your running play will be successful. In his division at the college level, most teams waited for Scott to line up and then ran to the other side. On passing plays they would double team him on the line of scrimmage and keep a back on his side to block and still he would be in the face of the quarterback or split the double team and run over the back and sack the quarterback. I believe that although he played with his hand down that he could easily play as a OLB/DE in a 3-4 defense, but his impact position will most likely be as the strong side defensive end in a 4-3 defense because he can pass rush and has the strength and techniques to stuff the run like a defensive tackle. This kid is a hell of a football player and teams that run a 4-3 defense and need a strong side defensive end should be listing Scott as one of their top ten players to select in this draft. I know I would.

Drew Boylhart
MAR/2014