Parents are both from Western Samoa. The Washington prep enrolled at Oregon State and redshirted as a freshman in 2010. Earned the starting job at right defensive end in 2011 and had 74 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and six sacks with three passes batted and a school-record six forced fumbles in 12 games. Ranked first among the nation's freshman class in tackles for loss and sacks. Moved over to the left defensive end spot in 2012 and appeared in 13 games (12 starts), recording 44 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks with three passes batted and one forced fumble. Had a three-sack game against Washington State. Missed spring practice in 2013, rehabilitating from off-season shoulder surgery. In 13 starts at left defensive end in the fall, he had 47 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks with three passes batted and three forced fumbles. Concluded his career as the Beavers' all-time leader in forced fumbles (10) and ranked third in sacks (22.5). Revealed at the NFL combine that he elected to leave school one year early to support his family; his mother works two jobs, and his father still works despite having a leg amputated.
Put together -- has a well-proportioned, muscular build with long arms and big hands. Good burst off the snap. Flashes power. Can shoot his hands, extend and get under a tackle's pads. Generally plays on his feet. Nice closing speed when he has a bead. Strong tackler. Tries for the strip (10 career FFs). Productive three-year starter.
Needs to play with lower pad level. Tends to rush upright and defend too tall against the run. Dominated by double teams. Needs to cultivate pass-rush moves and counters -- does not have a plan. Shows overall body stiffness. Struggles to dip and bend the corner with leverage or flexibility. Gets sucked inside and loses contain. Loafs on the back side. Has tweener traits -- lacks ideal athleticism for the right side and bulk for the left side. Inexperienced playing in reverse.
Strong, athletic, raw defensive end prospect who would have been better served returning for his senior season. Despite being rough around the edges at this stage of his development, Crichton shows in flashes and has power potential as a 4-3 defensive end. Could require patience.