Will OSU's Crichton, Reynolds both go Friday?

MOST NFL MEDIA ANALYSTS project Scott Crichton to be selected in the second round. But the most well-known of them doesn't see the Oregon State defensive end being picked until late in the third round on Friday. Meanwhile, keep an eye out on Friday night for Beaver corner Rashaad Reynolds too.

One way or another, it seems fairly certain Scott Crichton will have a new home by Friday night. The NFL Draft will hold its second and third rounds this evening from 5-8:30 p.m. on ESPN 2.

But ESPN's Mel Kiper thinks Crichton won't go until late in the third round, despite his 22.5 sacks, 51 tackles for loss and 10 forced fumbles over three seasons at Oregon State.

The issue for Crichton would appear to be size. He's 6-3, 273-pounds – but that's considered on the small side for NFL defensive ends. Crichton excels right off the snap, but there's also a perceived lack of flexibility as the play continues.

But most are in agreement on this: Crichton, early in his NFL career, could be a significant third-down, pass rushing threat.

The big question on Friday is how Crichton compares – in NFL teams' eyes – with some of the other d-ends that remain, such as Jeremiah Attaochu, Demarcus Lawrence, Kony Ealy and others.

Keep an eye out Friday for Oregon State cornerback Rashaad Reynolds too.

Most of the draft chatter centers around Reynolds being a 4th-round pick. But some see him sneaking into the third round despite a very deep draft at corner.

Reynolds (5-10, 190) plays bigger than his size. He picked off six passes last season, tied for seventh in the nation.

He finished his senior campaign with 61 tackles, 3.5 for loss and a sack, broke up four passes and had 10 passes defensed plus a pair of forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.


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