NFL Draft results 2014: Vikings select Scott Crichton

Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Crichton heads to the Vikings at No. 72 overall.

SB Nation 2014 NFL Draft

The Minnesota Vikings have drafted defensive end Scott Crichton with the 72nd pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. Crichton was ranked No. 58 on SB Nation's top 200 big board. That put him at No. 5 among all defensive ends, below Jadeveon Clowney, Kony Ealy, Dee Ford and Demarcus Lawrence.

Crichton was named a first-team All-Pac-12 player in 2012, and a second-team All-Pac-12 player in 2013 at Oregon State. He was an honorable mention for the same honor in 2011. Crichton had a phenomenal redshirt freshman year in 2011, putting up 74 tackles with 14.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He finished his college career with 165 tackles, 51 tackles for loss and 22.5 sacks.

During his career at Oregon State, Crichton caused havoc for opposing offensive lines. He gets off the ball well and plays with a very high motor. He primarily played defensive end in college, but is a bit of a tweener and could potentially slide inside on certain downs. Because of his versatility and ability to create consistent pressure across the line, he projects similar to Seattle's Michael Bennett. That versatility should allow him to contribute early on, even if it's just in select sub packages.

Combine results

Height: 6'3

Weight: 273 pounds

40-yard dash: 4.84 seconds

Bench press: 24 reps

Vertical jump: 31.5"

Broad jump: 9'0

3-cone drill: 7.19 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.29 seconds

Crichton fits the bill physically, and has a lot of initial quickness off the ball. His measurements were impressive at the combine, but he was notably quick during his position drills and impressed many at the combine, helping his draft stock. His noted critique is that he plays a bit stiff, something he'll need to work on at the next level.

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