MINNEAPOLIS -- It appears the Minnesota Vikings are now only one draft pick away from having their entire class signed.
Third-round pick Scott Crichton tweeted a picture of himself signing his contract with the Vikings on Wednesday night, writing, "It's all done. Ready for the next chapter in my life." The Oregon State defensive end would get a signing bonus of $656,324 and a total of $2,997,224 over the next four years, according to his draft slot.
That would mean only running back Jerick McKinnon, the 96th overall pick in the draft, still has to sign with the Vikings. Once that happens, the team would have its 10-member draft class under contract. Last year, the Vikings didn't get all their draft picks signed until the day before their first practice of training camp. This year, they're well ahead of that pace, and they could be the second team in the NFC North to finish signing its draft class, behind only the Chicago Bears.
The 6-foot-3 Crichton had 7 1/2 sacks as a junior at Oregon State, giving him 22 1/2 in three years with the Beavers. He turned pro a year early, he said, in part because his father, Lucky, lost one of his legs for what Scott Crichton called "medical reasons." His father is still working in a warehouse, and his mother is still working a pair of jobs. Crichton said after the draft he's hoping to get his parents to retire now that he's made it to the NFL. Once he's done with school in June (Oregon State is on the quarter system), he'll return to the Twin Cities to get to work. Until then, Crichton said, he'll talk on Skype with defensive line coaches Andre Patterson and Robb Akey.
"He has to set that up," Crichton said, "because I’m open anytime."