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Third Round Recap: Vikings Add Explosive DE, Dynamic RB

Posted May 9, 2014

After a busy first round on Thursday night, the Vikings got right back to work on Friday night as the second and third rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft unfolded. The Vikings did not have a second-round pick, but they had two picks in the third round. Here’s a quick summary of what happened…

DE Scott Crichton – 3rd Round (No. 72 Overall)

The 6-3, 273-pound defensive end joins a Vikings defensive line that continues to get stronger. The Vikings were aggressive in free agency fortifying their front four, and the addition of Crichton is another step in that direction.

Crichton played 38 games for Oregon State over three seasons, and in that time made himself comfortable in the opposition’s backfield by tallying 51.0 tackles for loss and 22.5 sacks. Crichton also tallied 10 forced fumbles and nine pass breakups; the 10 forced fumbles were good enough to set the all-time record at Oregon State.

One could argue Crichton is more of a raw athlete than experienced technician, but as is the case with first-round pick Anthony Barr, that is likely an appealing quality in head coach Mike Zimmer’s eye.

NFL.com lists Crichton’s strengths as: “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.

RB Jerick McKinnon – 3rd Round (No. 96 Overall)

If you like versatile players, you will love McKinnon. In 47 games for Georgia Southern, McKinnon played running back, quarterback, A-back, B-back and even cornerback.

The 5-9, 209-pound McKinnon ran for 3,899 yards and 42 touchdowns on 619 carries during his college career, and added 10 receptions for 165 yards and one touchdown, as well. As a quarterback, McKinnon was 34 of 81 for 829 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The bottom line on McKinnon is he’s a playmaker who can help a team in many different ways, and he’s an offensive weapon Norv Turner will enjoy working into the system.

NFL.com lists McKinnon’s strengths as: “Very good athlete. Outstanding weight-room strength -- bench-presses twice his weight and squats three times his weight. Tough runner -- slams hard inside and usually falls forward. Good versatility. Superb worker. Efficient cut blocker. Led all backs at the combine with 32 bench-press reps. Has a 40 1/2-inch vertical jump.”