Chargers Bring in Oregon State DE Scott Crichton For A Visit... 4-3 Defense?

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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

The San Diego Chargers are bringing in another pass rushing prospect in for a workout. Oregon State DE Scott Crichton will be visiting the Chargers on Thursday, per Ian Rapoport. The team is looking to create some pressure on defense and we can never have too many players that can get after the quarterback.

Crichton is projected to be a 4-3 defensive end in the league. The Chargers might use him up front on the defensive line if they were to take him in the draft. He is projected to be taken in the 2nd round of the draft. He could work with Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes up front or he could also be used as a pass rushing specialist when the Chargers bring in 4 defensive linemen.

He is one of the better pass rushers available in the draft, but it wouldn’t make sense for the team to be looking into a 4-3 defensive end. He doesn’t fit the role of a tweener and couldn’t move to the outside linebacker position. He would mainly be moved around on the defensive line…. OR MAYBE we are thinking about moving that defense to a 4-3…. I must be dreaming!

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  • gpack17

    i really wouldnt take the visits too much to thought, out of all of the draft prospects that visited last year i believe we didnt even take one player who visited..

    • Julien Bélair

      Fluker and teo… So our first AND second round picks

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Sounds cool, Liuget & Reyes are both 4-3 DT’s stick Critchton on one DE side and move Freeney back to his OG DE roll and there you have it a legit 4 man front (in this case Te’o would be coming off the bench which wouldn’t be a terrible thing at all). Thus removing the need to get a NT

  • Tazzster

    I think we can see where the Chargers are going in this draft. They are definately going to draft a CB and a OLB/DE that has some pass rushing skills. From the guys they are bringing in I am guessing CB in the first round and OLB/DE in the second. Probably a WR in the 3rd.

    If I had to guess on the CB, I’m starting to think Roby in the first round. It fits Telesco’s MO – talented player whos draft stock has dropped (see Teo and Keenan Allen). Im guessing they feel confident he will be there in the first and are now exploring possibilities for the 2nd round pick of a DE/OLB.

    • Julien Bélair

      I agree with you. They seems to want a cb in the first olb in the second and wr in the third

      • tubbs45

        Should be interesting to see if one of the high value OLBs is there when we pick.

        • Sergio Quintero

          As much love as Van Noy is getting in our page, I can’t see the chargers trading up for him, I just think they will let the draft happen and take the best player on their pick.

          • Julien Bélair

            anything can happen but if we have to trade up in the second round for van noy and loose a 6 rounder well i’m ok with that

          • Sergio Quintero

            It cost a 4th rounder to trade up for Te’o, it probably will cost something similar in trade up in the 2nd this year, seems expensive in my mind.

          • Tazzster

            If the draft is as deep as they are saying, a fourth rounder could potentially end up being a starter. Second CB anyone?

            If it is that deep, I would be against trading up. Oh to be a fly on the wall of TT’s office then we would probably know all these answers. Maybe they have a 4th rounder they are really hot on. Maybe they don’t see much past the 3rd round. Who knows?

          • Julien Bélair

            I meant trading up like from 50 to 47 something like that. Not a big jump

    • Sergio Quintero

      Te’o & Allen dropped because they tested poorly in the measurables, Roby as expected tested awesome, 2013 tape not so much, 2013 he played somewhere between 3-5 round pick including having one of the worst games a 1st round pick can ever have (Jared Abredderis went 10 catches 204 yards almost exclusively on him, including over 150 yards in the first half, Allen Robinson gave him fits as well), so they would be drafting potential.

      If they draft Roby is that they have confidence they can get him to play to the 2012 level which most people say was at around a top 10 pick level, chargers history with coaching corners leaves me concerned.

  • Sergio Quintero

    Does the defensive alignment matter all that much, Pagano rarely plays base defense anyway, the chargers played nickel/dime in over 60% of the snaps (and that means no Nose Tackle on the field), so I expect much of the same.

    Crighton is a pass rusher, the chargers are doing their due diligence about scouting the 2nd round bracket of pass rushers (Crighton, Smith, Van Noy, Attaochu) its pretty clear that one of them is very likely to be the pick in the 2nd round, and the first round pick is very likely a corner.

    And while the chargers suck at pass defense teams will continue to go 3-5 WR on the field, play spread and continue to try pick apart the chargers secondary with short passes.

    My biggest argument against taking a Nose Tackle in the first is the amount of snaps on the field, its like 2 down ILB & Fullback certain positions don’t see the field enough to justify a high pick.

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    • tubbs45

      Preach it brotha!!!

      Latest mock results (Not that anyone really cares):

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        That mock, and I say that in the nicest way possible, needs work lol mainly where the availability of the players in the rounds you want them in.

      • Sergio Quintero

        I’m starting to see mocks with Lattimer in the 2nd round, if your mock happens awesome probably quite a bit optimistic.

      • Ernie Padaon

        i care bro.. haha… we all care

    • Ernie Padaon

      i agree with it. i am not big on taking Nix anymore. we are in the nickel and dime so much, especially when we face off against the Broncos. We just need people to get to Peyton and the opposing quarterbacks.

      I really feel that we will go corner in the first, pass rusher in the second, wide receiver or o-line in the 3rd

      • Sergio Quintero

        Even though teams had solid yards per carry against the chargers its no accident they kept attacking the chargers 3-5 WR sets, pass driven league, the chargers biggest need is improving the 29th ranked pass defense, 31st ranked pass rating allowed.

        My theory from the start is that the first round pick will help the pass defense.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Your feelings on Roby, Ernie? Chargers drafting a physical freak with bad tape doesn’t sound like Telesco.

        Plus the chargers can’t seem to coach CB’s to save their lives.

        • Derek

          jaleel addae? wright has deff grown. i think its a matter of getting the right personel. ron milus has coached up undrafted corners to start outside. I think he can make roby a star, but wont be surprised if we pick a cb later that he can coach up and go bpa. u can question milus but by mid season you wont, as long as there’s a pass rush. i think a cb and improvement to our pass rush is key. since we have one of the best Oline coaches so xavier is out of the question. since we are primarily in nickel and dime we need a defensive end like the one above to pair with freeny or ingram as high as the 2nd. this points to attouchu or ealy maybe tuitt. i have my doubts about our d line coach especially seeing what the cowboys are getting out of their coach. from my point of view roby and a star dend would be an A

    • arnie

      Consider this in context, since the opinion on the field is Cam Thomas was so terrible at NT, playing nickel an dime was necessary. The case has been made upgrading at that position gives the Chargers more defensive options.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Nickel & dime tend to be standard if teams have 3 Wr’s or more on the field, if you struggle stopping the pass, teams don’t even bother all that much playing pro formation.

        The team that has to be the goal is the Broncos, and that is extra corners more than 85% of the time

        • arnie

          True. However you can’t stop the pass if you can not get pressure on the pocket. Butler an Te’o were keys to helping the the short passing and give help to the DB’s
          Still, all defense starts up front. No mater how many WR’s are lined up, if the QB has all day to throw the ball….

          • Sergio Quintero

            That’s pass rush Arnie, that why I think even though they have numbers at OLB, they will draft one early, beyond Ingram & Freeney (how many games will they get out of him) I’m not much impressed with the group.

            They obviously need more production from Liuget & Reyes who play DT on most 4 man rushes for pass personnel.

  • arnie

    As i read this article, the Chargers had 4 line-men with there hands in the dirt during most pass rushing downs. So technically they were running a 4-3.

    • diomar espinal

      No they had 4 down linemen when they are in nickel and dime packages….Their base defense though is always 3-4.

      • arnie

        Yeah. They were in the dime “a lot”. My point though they were rarely in the base 3-4 defense.

  • Sergio Quintero

    Mocks with Louis Nix in the 2nd round to the chargers, interesting to see:

    I would feel a whole lot better about Nix there, where his 30% of snaps are value.

    • navw21

      Now I see it, it was all the way at the bottom of my page. Good Job Serg I think this would be awesome if it happened. Plus Kiper though it was a real possibility as well.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Nix seems to slipping in most mocks recently, if the chargers don’t pick him then he slips like a rock.

  • Nate lew

    I feel like I’m going to be a big fan of TTs second draft based on which positions he’s bringing in for visits.

    Not so related but for CBs in the first round, I think Fuller is not only best for us but best in the class. I’d support any of the top 3 corners but gilbert would by my third choice if I were GM.

  • vct

    Part of pag’s contract says he has to switch to 4-3 this year. Have Shawn merriman coach up our lbs?