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Scott Crighton: The Falchion



Scott Crichton (DE Oregon St) vs Boise St, 2013 Hawaii Bowl (via Aimal Arsalla)


6-3, 265

2013: 7.5 sacks, 19 TFL, 3 FF

2012: 9 sacks, 17.5 TFL, 1 FF

A falchion is a one-handed, single-edged sword of European origin, whose design is reminiscent of the Persian scimitar. The weapon combined the weight and power of an axe with the versatility of a sword. The shape concentrates more weight near the end, thus making it more effective for chopping strikes like an axe or cleaver. If you watch Crighton use his hands, you'll understand the inspiration for his nickname.

Crighton is a guy you have to watch closely to appreciate. He lines up with his hand in the dirt almost exclusively, sometimes getting down and dirty at DT. He doesn't jump off the screen with sizzling athleticism. You have to watch him for a minute, keeping in mind that he only weighs 265, as he mostly dominates the man in front of him. He doesn't have a liquid lightning first step, but he's got some burst. But what I think makes him special is that he understands leverage, and he understands that having violent hands can help you dominate your space even if you don't win initially. Dude has a motor.

I don't think that Crighton can make his living with his hand in the dirt at the next level. NFL tackles are too big and too athletic for him to gain an upper hand on while inside a phone booth on a consistent basis. I do, however, think he can do some things if he could stand up and use some space. I think that his natural knack of understanding leverage and hand violence will allow him to be a very good pro.

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