By the end of the week, a large chunk of Scott Crichton’s goal will be achieved.
The former Foss High School and Oregon State University standout defensive end will be drafted.
Most projections have Crichton going in the second round. At 6-foot-3 and 278 pounds, Crichton fits best as a rush end in a 4-3 defense.
At February’s NFL combine, Crichton said he was leaving Oregon State after his junior season to help his family.
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“I’ve taken this responsibility to take care of them,” Crichton said. “My mom works two jobs, and my dad is disabled and still
works a job, too. They are getting old, and I want them to retire and just stop working.”
Oregon State coach Mike Riley will miss Crichton but understands his decision to leave school early after becoming the Beavers’ all-time leader in forced fumbles (10) and ranking third in sacks (22.5).
“I try to provide a sounding board or an advisory board more than, you know, trying to talk them into something,” Riley said. “Just kind of present some things for them to think about. It’s a personal decision.
“And then, I provide them with any information I think about their readiness. And, then there are things like Scott mentioned that are kind of the trump cards. How do you argue with a point like that?”
The knocks on Crichton have to do with his flexibility, an issue because of his potent physique. The flip side to that is his power at contact when in a one-on-one matchup with an offensive lineman.
“His stuff is right at the point of contact with really good explosion and movement after that,” Riley said. “I think he’ll be most notable on third down.”
After he’s drafted, Crichton will be most notable in-house, when he’ll finally have the chance to take care of his parents.