2014 NFL Draft Preview: Potential Risers and Fallers in tonight’s NFL Draft

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Riser – Scott Crichton DE Oregon State

Nov 1, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers defensive end Scott Crichton (95) before the Beavers play USC Trojans at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Currently ranked 35 on Rory Anderson’s big board, I expect Crichton to rise into the late first round and possibly as high as the early to mid twenties. This year’s defensive end class is weak at the top and teams might reach on a player like Crichton in the first round because there are not many options out there.

Crichton had a solid career at OSU, as he displayed consistent ability to get to the QB racking up 22.5 sacks in 3 seasons. He displays a quick burst around the edge that allows him to beat tackles and pressure the passer. Crichton will need to improve against the run and add strength to be a consistent NFL player. Look for him to benefit from a weak class at his position and sneak into the first round.