Tarell Basham has had an extremely productive career from day one at Ohio University. As a Freshman, he took the Mid-American Conference by storm by earning Freshman All-American honors. He finished his career with 27 sacks and 38.5 tackles for loss. He capped off his impressive Senior season by earning MAC defensive player of the year. We constantly see EDGE rushers with energetic motors out play their draft positions. I think for Basham, we are looking at a day two – early day three projection. In the right scheme, I think Basham can easily out perform that type of draft slot.
Name: Tarell Basham
School: Ohio University
Comparison: Mike Rucker (Retired)
Draft Grade: Round 3
— Steve (@SteveDraft_) March 22, 2017
Hand Usage: Heavy hands that have some serious initial pop causing tackles to shift their balance at the point of attack. Has the arm length and quickness to consistently beat tackles with his initial punch. Consistently uses his hands to fight off blockers, never content when first pass rushing move is stopped.
Foot Quickness/COD: Quick initial burst and linear athlete. Struggles to change direction due to hip stiffness and lack of ankle flexion. Can still be used to stunt inside and bully opposing guards due to strong first step off the ball.
Effort/Motor: Energetic and nonstop motor. Relentless use of his hands when getting after the quarterback. Chases from sideline to sideline and remains in the picture during every play. Converts from speed to power aggressively, punishing offensive lineman. If initial speed to power move is stopped he will continue to work through the offensive lineman. Never content with being blocked.
Pass Rusher: Heavy, quick and accurate punch. Converts speed to power. Quick burst off the snap and always the first defensive lineman off the ball. Big and powerful upper body allowing him to man handled interior offensive lineman when asked to stunt inside. Energetic football player who will chase down quarterbacks from the backside. Straight line athlete who lacks the flexibility to dip around offensive tackles. Prototypical length and strength for an NFL edge rusher.
Flexibility/Bend: Stiff around the hips and lacks the ankle flexion to redirect in and out of pass rushing moves. Straight line athlete who will be best utilized as an energetic sub package edge rusher. Struggles to turn the corner and really relies on converting his speed to power.
Strengths: There will always be a place in the NFL for strong, physical, and energetic edge rushers. Basham has a big, long and strong frame that bodes well for an NFL pass rusher. Basham possesses a quick burst off the snap of the football with clean and powerful hand technique. He’s never content with being blocked, nonstop motor and relentless when pursuing the quarterback/ball carrier. Basham also has experience dropping into coverage which could provide some scheme versatility, although I believe he best suited as a 4-3 defensive end. Basham played a ton of snaps throughout his career at Ohio and experienced a ton of success/production. Productive players typically translate nicely to the NFL.
Weakenesses: Straight line athlete who really struggles to change direction, dip and bend around the edge. It will only become more difficult when facing longer, stronger and more athletic offensive lineman. Basham typically relies on converting his speed to power and bullying offensive lineman – will need to learn how to be more creative as a pass rusher at the next level. Basham has experience dropping into coverage but his tight hips and COD skills lead me to believe he would be more of a liability if asked to drop as a 3-4 OLB.