By Corbin Smith
After watching Jared Allen sign with the Chicago Bears, the Seahawks still need help along the defensive line. Seattle may continue to scan the free agent market looking for bargains, but drafting a productive, hard-working player like Scott Crichton out of Oregon State could be another solution.
Carroll likes to rotate defensive ends frequently, and losing out on Allen coupled with the release of veteran Chris Clemons has left the Seahawks short-handed at the position. Crichton may not be a household name, but he has a relentless motor and an outstanding work ethic. During his time at Oregon State, Crichton recorded 165 tackles and 22.5 sacks, making him one of the most productive defensive ends in the entire country during that period. 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.
Seattle loves to use versatile lineman who can play both the end spots and inside at tackle. Crichton only weighs 270 pounds and his lack of size could hinder his ability to play inside, which could be a problem for the Seahawks. He ran his 40 yard dash at a pedestrian 4.84 seconds, giving him adequate but not great top speed. Considering his average athleticism, his ability to drop back in coverage would be limited at best and he wouldn't be suited as a candidate to see snaps as an outside linebacker.
Even though Crichton doesn't offer the versatility that some other prospects have, Seattle shouldn't overlook his ability to impact games as a defensive end. He may be the best all-around talent at the position in this draft after Jadeveon Clowney, and his ability to rush the passer as well as hang tough against the run would make him a valuable asset in the trenches. He's plays with an edge like many current Seahawk players and would mesh seamlessly into Dan Quinn's system.