2017 NFL DRAFT

Tarell Basham, DE

School: Ohio  |  Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Rocky Mount, VA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 269 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6682-3

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.70--15 31 1/2---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.70--15 31 1/29'9"--

Player Overview

With a career high 10 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2016, Basham earned the MAC Defensive Player of the Year and led Ohio to the East division crown, the program's first since 2011.

It was the logical culmination to a dazzling career for Basham, who earned Freshman All-American honors back in 2013 when he exploded onto the scene with a team-high 7.5 sacks among 33 tackles. Basham leaves Ohio as the program's all-time leader with 29 career sacks, starting all four years after spending one year after high school at Hargrave Military Academy.

Capable of creating pressure off the edge with his initial burst and athletic enough to drop back into coverage, Basham offers intriguing position and schematic versatility. A strong showing at the Senior Bowl and Basham could emerge as one of the hottest edge rushers in the 2017 draft.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Basham looks the part of an NFL edge rusher with broad shoulders and a v-shaped frame. He shows terrific initial quickness off the ball, surging out of his stance and dipping with his shoulder to get underneath the reach of tackles and immediately threaten the corner. He complements his burst with a quick counter back inside, showing the flexibility to get skinny and slip through gaps. His quick-twitch and body control are evident when rushing out of the two or three point stance, and he shows good patience and spatial awareness to loop around on stunts and avoid cut blocks. Even when initially contained, Basham doesn't stay blocked for long, extending his arms and sprawling his legs to stack and shed at the point of attack should the ball come near him. He has quick, active hands to knock away attempts by tackles to control him and he keeps his eye on the prize, immediately breaking free to pursue downfield once the ball leaves the quarterback's hands. Though at his best rushing, Basham possesses the agility and speed to occasionally drop back into coverage, as well. The coaching staff at Ohio raves about Basham's infectious personality and work ethic on and off the field. He is the first player from his family to attend college.

WEAKNESSES: Basham was a man amongst boys in the MAC but will need to gain more strength to duplicate his success in the NFL. He is overly reliant at this time on his speed and agility and must incorporate a better bull rush to his game. He spent time early in his career at defensive tackle but lacks the bulk and strength to remain here in the NFL.

IN OUR VIEW: What Basham lacks in name recognition he more than makes up for with initial quickness, agility and motor. He may need a year or two to acclimate to the greater speed of the NFL but possesses the traits and work ethic necessary to handle the jump in competition.

COMPARES TO: Cassius Marsh, Seattle Seahawks: Versatility has been the key for Marsh, who saw time all over the defensive line at UCLA and now serves as an edge rusher and strongside linebacker in Seattle. Like Marsh, Basham is at his best attacking off the edge, winning with equal parts athleticism and tenacity.

 
 
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