Tarell Basham, EDGE
School: Ohio | Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 249 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd - 4th Round
NFL Comparison: Cassius Marsh
Basham is the first person in his family to attend college and won the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2016. Basham is a four year starter at Ohio and before that played one year at Virginia’s Hargrave Military Academy. He’s the all-time leader in Ohio career sacks with 29. As one scout put it, Basham is a “quality individual” who has impressed in interviews and is a well-rounded player on the field.
- Thick, well-proportioned build; versatile size for either 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB. Big hands + long arms
- Powerful edge-setter vs. the run, disrupts plays coming to his side and eager tackler
- Displays nice delayed bull rush move to shove lineman back and has burst/motor to close out the quarterback
- Has adequate burst and twitch to convert speed to power against tackles
- Rush quickly stalls out once his initial plan fails, limited on stunts and twists
- Lacks bend and can easily get redirected around the pocket by better tackles
- Somewhat stiff-hipped and has trouble lowering pad level
News + #DraftTwitter
Haason Reddick, Tarell Basham, Taylor Moton & Cooper Kupp among several Big Board risers following 2017 Senior Bowl: https://t.co/XRpFjqgB3t— Rob Rang (@RobRang) February 2, 2017
I love seeing @TarellBasham succeed in the Draft process. Explosive talent. NFL ability— Lukas Moore (@MooreLukas) January 27, 2017
Tarell Basham is a scary man https://t.co/CBS0msLc8A— Mark Jarvis (@WhatsOnDraftST) February 1, 2017
This Ohio defensive end Tarell Basham is eating during this O-line vs D-line drill. pic.twitter.com/3fXJuzwFDJ— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) January 24, 2017
How He’d Fit on The Redskins
Basham is a really solid all-around football player that is scheme-diverse and could be in play for the Redskins in the middle rounds of the draft. I don’t think he lasts past the 3rd round and could go as high as the 2nd round.
He has an aggressive alpha male playing style that could appeal to Scot McCloughan and the Redskins’ front office looking to continue to build a more physical team, especially on defense. While he certainly wouldn’t supplant any of the current top 4 OLBs on the roster, he could definitely be a solid backup as a rookie and potentially take over a starting role if Murphy or Galette aren’t re-signed in 2018.