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Seahawks Draft Central- Scott Crichton, DE Oregon State

Created on Apr. 12, 2014 12:38 PM EST



2013 STATS: 47 TKL, 7.5 SACKS, 19.0 TFL

STRENGTHS: NFL scouts are always looking for defensive ends with a high motor, and Crichton plays at 110% every snap. He may not be a household name, but he's one of the hardest working players entering this draft and he's relentless in pursuit of ball carriers and quarterbacks. He's explosive off the snap, plays with violent hands at the point of attack, and can knock opposing linemen back onto their heels thanks to a blend of speed and power. He also excels shedding blocks, which makes him a valuable contributor both against the run and the pass. He's a great all-around defensive end who seems to constantly find his way into the opposing backfield, which could make him a hot commodity on draft day.

WEAKNESSES: Despite his impressive skills stopping both the run and chasing down quarterbacks, Crichton doesn't possess elite athleticism for his position. He only ran a 4.84 at the combine, and while that's average for defensive ends, it's not great speed either. He wouldn't be a great fit for teams that are looking for ends who can play both on the line and drop back into coverage. He has little experience dropping back in coverage, which might be a liability in today's professional game. His size could also be a problem for teams that like to rotate bull rushing ends to the interior line on pass rushing downs. With his weight just a bit over 270 pounds, Crichton would most likely be over-matched if asked to drop down as a tackle inside.

WHERE HE FITS: The Seahawks missed out on Jared Allen and released fan favorite Chris Clemons, leaving the team short-handed behind Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett at the position. Seattle loves to have versatile lineman who can play both end and tackle, which could mean Crichton isn't the best fit. However, his ability to wreak havoc by stopping the run and racking up sacks from the end position should be enticing to the organization. He's a strong all-around end who could handle a large workload and develop into a potential Pro Bowl caliber player at the position over time. He plays with a nasty edge and that mindset would mesh seamlessly into Dan Quinn's defense.

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