Oregon State University junior defensive end Scott Crichton has elected to make himself eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft by submitting a notarized petition to the NFL renouncing his remaining one year of college eligibility.
The Tacoma, Wash., native made 165 career tackles for the Beavers, including 51 tackles-for-loss and 22.5 quarterback sacks. He ranks third all-time at OSU for tackles-for-loss and fourth for quarterback sacks. He was named a 2013 Pac-12 Conference Second Team honoree and was a First Team member in 2012 and an Honorable Mention pick in 2011. Crichton started 37 of 38 career games after redshirting in 2010.
Crichton, a two-time semifinalist for the Hendricks Awards and a 2011 Freshman All-American, is the first Beaver defensive lineman to make himself eligible for the NFL Draft and the fifth OSU player overall prior to his senior season of eligibility. He joins wide receiver Brandin Cooks from this past season, running backs Jacquizz Rodgers in 2010 and Steven Jackson in 2004, and cornerback Brandon Browner in 2005.
Crichton has until 11:59 p.m. EST Jan. 18 to formally withdraw from consideration for the NFL Draft and return for his senior season if he hasn’t secured representation from a player agent.
An underclassman can make himself eligible for the NFL Draft as long as three years have passed since his high school graduation.
The 2014 NFL Draft is May 8-10 in New York City.