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Scott Crichton

Report Prepared By John Harris

Breakdown:

#95
Class: Junior
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 260 lbs.
School: Oregon State
Bio:
  • Second-team All-Pac 12 (2013)
  • Led the Beavers with 7.5 sacks (2013)
  • First-team All-Pac 12 (2012)
  • Honorable mention All-Pac 12 (2011)
  • First-team All-Freshman All-American (2011)
  • 2013 stats:  47 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 19 TFL and three fumbles forced

Pros

  • Quick spin move (has to learn WHEN to use it)
  • Disciplined, stays home on action away
  • Redirects well
  • Plays violently, will not stay blocked
  • Wins with power and leverage
  • Solid hand placement
  • First off the snap, tremendous burst

Cons

  • Must use hands to disengage tackles more effectively vs. the run
  • Doesn't effectively rush from the inside at 3 technique on passing downs
  • Not a speed rusher on the perimeter
  • When he tries to get cute with his pass rush, he's slow to the quarterback, doesn't get anywhere
  • Strong tackles get hands on him and it completely neutralizes him.

Film Room

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0:57 Replay shows ability to go "cross face" on a tackle, rocks him backward to get separation
2:16 This is the definition of Bull Rush
2:49 Perfect wrong-arm technique, forces RB to bounce and LBs to make the play for small gain
4:16 TE handles him fairly easily at point of attack on the run
5:03 Extremely aggressive, strikes tackle, drives him off the block and makes TFL
6:19 THIS is what you want to see - extreme burst off ball, quick first step and relentless hit
8:04 Strong inside move when he has space (at 3 technique)
9:12 Hustle, plain and simple (and on 3rd and 16 to save first down)

TSV videos provided by Draft Breakdown

0:42 Splits double team, penetrating up field, displays strong hands on TFL
2:08 Gets OT hands off of him, but has no follow up to keep separation
3:08 Another sack based solely on speed and hustle (replay shows real closing speed)
3:34 Finally threw a swim move to get free from lunging OT
4:45 Sideline angle shows how quickly he reacts to the snap
4:55 WOW, just wow. That's a bull rush, disrupts 4th and two throw
6:31 Throws inside spin move to get loose, excellent technique
6:52 Slap and swim, draws double team, fights through, relentless for the sack

Report

Over his three years in Corvallis, Crichton has put together an impressive highlight reel.  His sack numbers were down in 2013 (6.5) as opposed to 2012 (9.0) but Crichton was a marked man.  He often faced chips and double teams throughout the 2013 season and didn't get much help from his teammates.  In all, the Beaver defense was a disappointment, but Crichton still played at a high level, even with a drop off in statistical production.
 
Most draft eligible edge players in this class ooze athleticism, quickness and speed.  However, Crichton plays more powerfully in all aspects.  He has a great burst off the ball and first step, but he doesn't win with that speed off the edge. 
 
However, his strength and relentless nature get him to the quarterback.  He'll move around a bit, but he's a power end with improving pass rush skills.  However, his relentless, attacking nature stands out as his best asset.

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