6’3” – 265 lbs. – 4.75e
2011: 74 – 14.5 – 6.0, 6 FF, 3 PD, 1 K/PB
2012: 44 – 17.5 – 9.0, 1 QBH, 1 FF, 3 PD, 1 K/PB
Redshirted in 2010 before taking over as a starter in 2011, recording an impressive 74-14.5-6.0 line with six forced fumbles and being named an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection. In his second year as a starter, Crichton recorded 44-17.5-9.0 and was named to the All-Pac 12 First Team by conference coaches. Underwent offseason shoulder surgery but has started 30 games thus far in his career.
• Highly productive player with three years of starting experience.
• Has a prototypical frame for a pass rusher, either in a 4-3 or 3-4.
• Active hand use and strength allow him to shed blockers effectively.
• Has rushed from both sides of the defensive line with the Beavers.
• High-motor player against both the run and the pass, impressive range.
• Gets off the line of scrimmage quickly and can win the outside edge.
• Anchor is powerful enough to hold up when teams rush at him.
• Will go for the strip when given the opportunity to do so.
• Tends to play a little bit upright, sacrificing some of his natural power.
• Probably doesn’t have ideal movement skills for a 3-4 outside linebacker.
• Needs to develop additional rush moves, as favors bull-rush too heavily.
• Feet stop churning at times, preventing him from reestablishing LOS.
• Loses track of the ball at times, does not always see plays developing.
• Needs to be more patient in backside contain, susceptible to cutbacks.
Crichton’s measurable and pedigree are impressive enough to warrant early-round attention, but he must improve his pad level and footwork and develop additional rush moves to reach his potential. Nonetheless, despite his lack of ideal athletic ability he is already a fairly dangerous, high-motor pass rusher who should be able to interest teams running both three-and-four-man fronts, with 4-3 left end projecting as his best fit at the pro level. RD 2-3