Vikings pick former Foss star Scott Crichton in 3rd round

Vikings pick former Foss star Scott Crichton in 3rd round

Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 1, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers defensive end Scott Crichton (95) before the Beavers play USC Trojans at Reser Stadium.

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Updated Friday, May 9 at 11:12 PM

The Vikings chose Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton earlier in the round at No. 72.

The Foss high school star in Tacoma had 22 1/2 sacks in 38 career games for the Beavers and gives the Vikings another pass rusher in the pass-happy NFC North.

"That was my thing," Crichton said. "I love to get after the quarterback.”

The Vikings did not have a choice in the second round after sending the 40th overall selection and a fourth-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks to back into the first round on Thursday night for Bridgewater. Spielman made calls to see what it would take to move up from his two spots in the third round, but wasn't able to swing a deal.

So the Vikings grabbed Crichton first as they look to fill the void left by the departures of veterans Jared Allen and Kevin Williams.

With defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer determined to upgrade the league's 31st-ranked defense, the Vikings grabbed pass-rush specialist Barr in the first round and then Crichton, who is described as a relentless end that fits perfectly in a 4-3 defensive scheme.

"I can watch tape all day on this guy," Spielman said. "His motor is non-stop. He's constantly moving to the ball, very instinctual.”

Crichton left Oregon State after his junior season, a decision motivated by financial concerns for his family back home in Tacoma, Wash. His grandfather's recent passing put greater stress on the family and so Crichton headed for the NFL to try to ease the burden.

"It was just crazy right now, full of emotions," Crichton said. "My mom and dad are crying right now. I'm a little teary-eyed myself. It was just full of emotions, a lot of joy, too. This was a big step for me. I just can't wait. I can't wait to be in Minnesota right now.”

 

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