Prospect Preview: Scott Crichton DE Oregon State

By Draft Lead Philip Arnold @PhilipArnold20

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Scott Crichton Oregon State Defensive End

6-3 260 lbs. Redshirt Junior

44 Tackles, 17.5 TFL, 9 Sacks, 1 QBH, 1 FF, 3 PBU. First Team All-PAC 12 selection in 2012. Ranks second on Oregon State’s career Forced Fumble list along with ranking sixth for sacks and seventh for TFLs.

Game Notes vs. Utah 9 Tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 Fumble Recovery

  • 31/51 snaps at Field DE. 9/51 Field Tackle. 10/51 Boundary DE. 1/51 Boundary Tackle
  • Physicality from start to finish stood out during this game.
  • When his leverage was right, the Utah offensive line flat out couldn’t handle him.
  • Only showed a Bull Rush in pass rushing, but it was working. Collapsed the pocket well with this move quite a few times forcing either sack or arrant throw.
  • Quickness off the line of scrimmage also stood out.
  • Had problems with Double Teams at times due to his leverage and high pad level.
  • Against the run showed good Awareness and his ability to scrape, making some fine TFLs.
  • Play that stood out: 3 down and Goal from the 3 Yard line. Splits a double team, stayed at home on the reverse and recovers a fumble.

Game Notes vs. UCLA  6 Tackles, 3 TFL, 2 Sacks.

  • 32/42 snaps at Field DE. 6/42 at Boundary DE. 2/42 at Boundary Tackle. 2/42 at Field Tackle.
  • Definitely wasn’t his best game. Couldn’t get much going in the pass rush.
  • His Bull Rush wasn’t working as well as it did against Utah. Though he did show good use of his hands. This game he showed more of a dip move since the wrong arm wasn’t working.
  • Great responsibility and awareness on Read option plays.
  • Good wrong shoulder twice on counters blowing it up.
  • Play that stood out: Late in the game he tried a bull rush, got stopped, swatted the defenders hands then defeated a second blocker and got a sack.

What he does well

Crichton brings physicality to every play. He comes off the ball well and gets his hands into the defenders pads early. When his leverage is consistent, he is hard to stop and showed that against Utah. He does a good job at splitting double teams due to his low pad level and leverage. Against the run, Crichton has good awareness and has his responsibility locked on options and read options

What he needs to improve 

In two games the biggest area of improvement that stuck out was his consistency in his leverage. When his leverage and pad level was where it needed to be, he is a force and hard to stop. When it isn’t, he gets no movement and is stood up very easily. In his pass rush he didn’t really show success in moves other than his bull rush.

Top 2014 Matchups

10/19 at California

10/26 vs. Stanford

11/01 vs. USC

11/16 at Arizona State

11/29 at Oregon

Check out Scott Crichton in the 2014 Underclassmen Defensive Ends Preview