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Recent NFL draftee Scott Crichton will take his pass-rushing prowess to the highest level of football this fall after a stellar three-year career at Oregon State University. Crichton, a Tacoma native, was a three-year letter winner at defensive end and linebacker for Henry Foss High School and a three-star college recruit prior to blossoming into one of the best defensive ends in the Pac-12 at OSU.
Crichton concluded his collegiate career in dominant form, totaling 19 tackles-for-loss and 7.5 sacks in 2013, along with three forced fumbles, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery. His play earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors, and his raw athleticism led NFL talent evaluators to speculate on his potential in a 4-3 defensive scheme at the next level.
With the opportunity to either return to college or move on to the professional ranks, Crichton decided it was time to forego his final year, enter his name in the draft and take care of his family. He joined Brandin Cooks as only the fourth and fifth OSU players to leave early and advance to professional football. He was selected in the third round (72nd overall) by the Minnesota Vikings.
“I just did this for my family,” Crichton said. “I was going to come back to college, but just to see my family struggle – we didn’t have much growing up, and to see my family struggle, I wasn’t okay with that. So I had to do something, and this is one of the greatest opportunities for me to take care of my family.”
Along with Crichton’s All-Pac-12 honor in 2013, the defensive end was named to the preliminary watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Award, the Bednarik Award and the Lott Trophy. All three honors are awarded to the top defensive player in the nation. He earned SI.com All-America honorable mention and was named to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Watch List.
Crichton’s 19 tackles-for-loss in 2013 were the fifth-most in OSU history for a single season, with all coming despite Crichton facing consistent double teams on the edge. His 22.5 career sacks are the third-most in OSU history, and his 51 tackles-for-loss are the fourth-highest career total in program history. His 10 career forced fumbles established a new program record.
After redshirting in 2010, Crichton earned Freshman All-America First-Team consideration from multiple media outlets in 2011. He received All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He followed that up with honorable mention SI.com All-America honors as a sophomore, registering nine sacks and earning First-Team All-Pac-12 recognition. He was named a semi-finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award and was on the Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List.
As a prep player at Foss, Crichton earned WIAA 4A First-Team All-State honors and was named Narrows League Defensive MVP with 78 solo tackles. He was rated the 44th best defensive end prospect in the nation coming out of high school by Rivals.com, but dramatically exceeded that evaluation to become a 2014 NFL draftee.