Scott Crichton, a third-round defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings, sees the similarities between himself and Brian Robison, a fourth-round draft pick for the Vikings in 2007.
Both are considered versatile and high-energy players, and Crichton sees it as an honor to be compared to someone he will essentially be backing up.
"That's an honor to be compared to B-Rob. He's a great player and a great dude. I hope I can be just like him and one of these days hopefully I can do that," Crichton said.
"We're both kind of the same guy, player-wise. He's got a good burst, strong, physical, lot of intensity. So hopefully I can emulate my game after his."
Robison is now established as the starting left defensive end, but when his career started he, too, was often used as a pass-rushing defensive tackle on obvious passing downs. As time continued and he matured as a player, he eventually supplanted Ray Edwards as a starter at defensive end.
Crichton could face a similar situation, being used on a rotational basis at both end and tackle early in his career. He did that at Oregon State and said he needs to get better to continue with his versatility in the NFL.
Also like Robison, Crichton gets asked about potentially playing linebacker in a 3-4 defensive set but really hasn't been used there.
Like linebacker Anthony Barr, the other defensive player the Vikings drafted in the first two days, Crichton is back at his university, Oregon State, finishing up classes and unable to attend the organized team activities that started for the Vikings this week.
He will return for the mandatory minicamp in June, but in the meantime he is missing out on 10 practices between his rookie minicamp and the full-team, mandatory minicamp June 17-19.
"It's a huge disadvantage. Everyone else is learning, but at the same time I still get the plays they have to do, the clips of the practices on my iPad. That kind of helps, but the whole one-on-one thing with my coach, the vets coming in too, that's a big disadvantage I'm missing out on," he said.
"A lot of the stuff is similar (to college) but probably the most difficult is the new system, new coaches. I've got to adapt to everybody, and I've got to adapt to the new competition and the new NFL basically. The whole gig is difficult."
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