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

Vikings 3rd Round Draft Pick Scott Crichton Signs Contract

The Minnesota Vikings are on a roll with signing their draft picks.

Today, Vikings third round draft pick Scott Crichton signed his contract with Minnesota.  While the details of the deal are currently unknown, it is expected that the deal will follow along with other players in his draft position according to the NFL’s rookie wage scale.

From Scott Crichton's Twitter account: "It's all done. Ready for this next chapter in my life. #VIKINGSBABY!"

From Scott Crichton’s Twitter account: “It’s all done. Ready for this next chapter in my life. #VIKINGSBABY!”

On Twitter, Crichton posted a photo (even if the lighting isn’t exactly fantastic) of him signing his contract with a pretty sweet Foosball table in the background.

Scott Crichton will be a rotational defensive end and backup in Mike Zimmer’s exciting, smash-mouth defense.  He should excel in this role since he accumulated 22.5 sacks, 51 tackles for a loss and had 10 forced fumbles over his three years at Oregon State.

The Vikings had to be surprised when he was still available near the beginning of the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.  Many draft experts had him mocked as early as the end of the first round.  One thing is for certain in Minnesota’s defense: You can’t have enough great pass rushers.

Scott Crichton's defensive playbook, name tag, iPad, and juice.

Scott Crichton’s defensive playbook, name tag, iPad, and juice.

The Minnesota Vikings had all Crichton’s reference materials ready for him. They had his name tag, iPad, defensive playbook, and juice all ready for him.

Scott Crichton will be a player to keep your eye on during camp and of course preseason.  He could find a fairly heavy role in the Vikings pass rush, although the current defensive scheme is unknown.

With Scott Crichton’s deal in place, that leaves only Jerik McKinnon left out of the draft class to sign.  We should be hearing within the next few days news of McKinnon’s signing, but until then we’ll just celebrate the signings that have happened so far.

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