One prospect who the Broncos are interested in is Oregon State Defensive End Scott Crichton. Crichton, a 6'3 273lb defensive end is a very talented and raw prospect who fits the mold of prospects that General Manager John Elway likes to draft. According to CBSSports.com Crichton is rated as the 45th overall prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft, and the 4th rated Defensive End in the 2014 class.
According to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport, the Broncos hosted Crichton this week.
Defensive End Scott Crichton enjoyed a solid three-year career at the Oregon State. During his career he totaled 165 tackles, 51 tackles for a loss, 22.5 sacks, 9 pass deflections, and 10 forced fumbles.
Crichton has been pretty solid during his three seasons at Oregon St. which bodes well for his chances to be drafted by the Broncos. What I really like is how disruptive he was during his college career. A high number of tackles for a loss, consistent sack numbers, and a high number of forced fumbles really intrigues me.
Height: 6'3 Weight: 273lbs 40 Time: 4.83 seconds
Arm Length: 32 3/4" Hands: 10 1/8"
Bench Press: 24 reps Vertical Jump: 31.5 inches
Broad Jump: 108.0 inches 3 Cone Drill: 7.19 seconds
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.29 seconds
- Put together: Crichton possesses a well proportioned muscular frame with long arms and big hands.
- Good Burst: Times the snap well, showing good initial quickness off the ball to get past offensive linemen.
- Strong: He uses his hands very well, chopping and ripping through tackles who are trying to get ahold of him. Uses his strength to simply bull-rush would-be blockers into the pocket.
- Good Tackler: Uses his big strong hands to bring down ball carriers, and shows solid technique as a tackler. That's a trait that is hard to find in today's NFL.
- High Motor: His motor is his best trait. He gives his 100% every play, and won't quit until the whistle is blown.
- Stripping The Ball: Has 10 career forced fumbles in college. Who doesn't love strip sacks?
- Consistent Production: Has had three solid years of production in college. Consistency is a good thing!
- Stiff: While he has a big muscular frame he struggles to dip and bend the corner with leverage or flexibility
- Some Tweener Traits: Doesn't have the ideal athleticism to play on the right side, nor does he have the ideal bulk to play on the left side.
- Lower Pad Level: Tends to come off the snap a bit high which allows blockers to get ahold of him.
- Issues With Double Teams: Has struggled with double teams during his college days
- Lacks Closing Speed: Crichton doesn't possess ideal straight-line speed for the position and relies more on anticipation rather than closing speed.
Does Crichton fit with the Broncos?:
I think so.
Like I said with Ealy, the Broncos could use some more depth at the defensive end position. Crichton fits the mold of a John Elway draft pick perfectly. He has three years of consistent production in college, no off the field issues, and has a high motor.
Crichton would give the Broncos another solid versatile rotation player who can play against the run and pass, and shift inside to apply interior pressure.
Crichton could be an option for the Broncos in the first round and possibly in the second round.