Vikings DE Scott Crichton Claims Steelers Told Him They Were Going To Draft Him

Prior to the 2014 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers brought Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton in for a visit. Thursday, Crichton, who is now a member of the Minnesota Vikings, told the local media that he was told by the Steelers he would be their pick in the second round.

“The Steelers told me they were going to draft me in the second round,” Crichton said, according to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “But there was a lot of stuff medically that kind of happened. It is what it is. I’m glad where I ended up. I’m happy to be a Viking.”

Crichton wouldn’t go into detail about the medical situation other than to say “it was some stuff in the past.’’

During an April interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Crichton revealed that he’s been a fan of the black and gold ever since he was a kid.

“I was one of those kids that wanted to play for the Steelers,” said Crichton prior to the draft. “I’m a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan. That was my team growing up.

“When I went over there it was like a dream come true. I just fell in love with the place, especially with the coaches. I had one-on-one talk with (Mike) Tomlin and he’s just a great guy. Great coach, great guy. And the whole faculty, I met a couple of players, too, and it was just unbelievable when I was over there.”

The Steelers, of course, passed on Crichton in the second round and drafted Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt instead. Perhaps they didnt think he would fall that far down the board to them. The Vikings wound up selecting Crichton in the third round with the 72nd overall selection.

  • Ike Evans

    Not gona lie…..critch was my guy last year since he body slammed brett hundley and had jim mora jr on the sideline with that “oh god noooo” face lol

  • Mark Hanna

    Hmmm. I wonder how Vikings fans feel about his gushing over the Black and Gold? Doesn’t seem like a good PR move for this rookie. Maybe the Steelers passed on him because his not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  • Matt Manzo

    I would’ve told him the same thing, I didn’t think we’d have a shot at Tuitt in the second!

  • Addison

    Tuitt shouldn’t of been there but was by some modern day miracle. Man I liked Scott Crichton though. Can’t have everything

  • Jason White

    Nothing against Crichton but I’m glad we got Tuitt. I feel like getting Tuitt in the 2nd round was like having an extra 1st round pick this year.

  • Superdriller316

    You can’t pass on first round talent in the second. Tuitt was the steal of the draft.

  • James Kling

    I think Tuitt was a potential R1 guy for us, and he was there at R2? No-brainer, sorry Crichton.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Crichton would’ve been a nice round 2 pick and i wondered why he dropped to the 3rd round sounds like past injury concerns? He had some good tape out there for sure but the Steelers ended up getting a steal with Tuitt in the 2nd round. No reason to doubt that Crichton should become a good DE hope it works out for him.

  • Madi

    I thought about that too, but he’s only been a Viking for a couple months. Never even played a game. Have you been a Steelers fan forever, and if so, would you stop liking them the instant you were drafted by another team?

    I see your point, though. He certainly could have kept it a secret.

  • Madi

    Is it like the Steelers to say, “We are going to draft you in round ___”? That doesn’t seem like a measured thing to say. They had done a lot of research on Tuitt, and they were never going to take him in the first. It’s not like it was a HUGE fall. It wasn’t as big as Martavis Bryant’s fall. Tuitt was a better player at a position of bigger need and drafted only like 10 spots later than he was expected. I know some had him in the 1st, but I thought most had him in the early 2nd. Maybe they were open about how much they liked Crichton, but I don’t see them saying it like he says they did. Maybe they said they would target him in the 2nd.

  • Nick Sabatella

    really liked this guy too…. remember reading up on him and thought he would be a great pick. He said he loved the Steelers early on in the draft process too. Bummer, but I do love our draft class

  • cencalsteeler

    Yes, Tuitt fell similar to DeCastro.

  • Lil Smitty

    Last time a first round talent, by the experts, fell to the second round and the Steelers drafted them was Mike Adams. Hmm, I think Tuitt was a better pick.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Aaahhh….Scottie my boy you just found yourself playing the pawn in the age old game of misdirection. Smoke and mirrors my lad. They may have wanted to draft you at one point but obviously the desire of the organization went in another direction. Can’t say I’m disappointed that the Steelers never drafted him. Not sure how he would’ve transitioned to OLB successfully.

  • Mark Hanna

    He can think it, but saying it out loud is not likely to endear him to his current team and their fans. Also being a fan is one thing, but saying “I fell in love with the place,” is pointless after the fact. It makes it sound he’d rather have been drafted by the Steelers and their coaching staff. Again, he can think it, but nothing good comes from saying it out loud. It was not a smart move on his part when he is trying to solidify his place in the Viking organization.

  • patrick Mayfield

    +1 IIRC we had a first round grade on Sweed as well..

  • patrick Mayfield

    I think they maybe told him he had a high round 2 grade or something to that effect. Kid’s in love with the team and heard what he wanted to hear maybe.

  • kev4heels

    Chricton probably would have been the pick if Tuitt were not available. I was saying it before the draft. Chricton to the Steelers as a perfect match ITO Scott’s game/attitude/character.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Like Christmas morning, Tuitt was a big gift. Biggest no-brainer passing on Crichton for him. I’m hopeful but we have too many rookies we are depending on for this season on the defense. Once we get back to the playoffs this year, I like our chances next year for the Lombardi.

  • Superdriller316

    You have to roll the dice and take your chances. Sometimes you get 7-11, sometimes you throw snake eyes. Tuitt’s character speaks for it’s self.

    Adams has been a waste of space. I think he is someone who is happy to be in the NFL. He doesn’t have any drive to excell. Now with Munch here, Adams has no more excuses.