Two Rusher: Part III.
off let's get rid of the dumb. He reminds me of Jonathan Allen. I know it
is dumb to compare a player in this Draft to another player in this Draft.
And yes I know they both wear #93 and that has something to do with it.
But, Allen played in the SEC, and has been a superstar the past two
seasons. If you are interested in the NFL Draft at all, you had to see him play
ten times over the last couple years (or at least the past four playoff
also reminds me of Jabaal Sheard in the same way. They all have that
pumped up Michelin Man build. "He is similar to Carl Lawson," a scout
said. "But I think you can get him probably a couple of rounds later or maybe more. I think he can still get a lot better as a pass rusher." I do think he will get better when he
is coached up by NFL coaches. He desperately needs to get into an NFL weight room. 15 Reps
was not a good number for him.
garnered 27 Sacks and 38.5 career TFL. "Tarell Basham from Ohio University,"
Mayock said. "He’s a really good football player, and he can play for somebody this year as a
rookie. He probably... he might not go till the 3rd. But I’ve got a 2nd
Round grade on him." He has some great strong hands.
Knows how to attack the OLs' arms and hands. He reads it so
fast. Terrific eyes to diagnose plays instantly, and burst to the ball. "Basham is another athletic pass rusher with versatility, but the big attraction here is growth potential. Just under 6-foot-4, the belief is Basham can pack on pounds while keeping his speed (4.7s in the 40 at the combine) and lateral quickness (4.35s in the short shuttle). As proven during Senior Bowl week, he can rush the quarterback out of a three-point stance or standing over tackle.
Basham has already worked out with the New England Patriots and has a workout with the Dallas Cowboys scheduled."
Having 34 1/4" arms was a very nice number for him.
He has a great blast off, and has the speed to turn the corner. Nice bull rusher. "I was told, here, to win the one-on-ones in order to make a name for yourself," Basham said.
"That’s what I’ve been focused on this week and that’s what I feel I did a good job
of doing." He looked legit at the Senior Bowl.
rushed mainly from the strongside, but I thought he sometimes looked better on the blindside. "I’m feeling really good, a lot of hard work and showing that coming from a smaller school doesn’t really mean anything, that I’m very capable of playing with these big name guys on any stage,"
Basham said. "I already knew it, but I felt it was something I had to prove to others coming from the MAC. Sometimes you can get looked over. Sometimes you can get graded lower than players in the same position that may not be achieving the same things that you are. I feel like I definitely showed them this week that it doesn’t matter." He already looks like an NFL DE. He will line up standing up on either side as well.
He gets low and explodes up field like Allen. He
played the edge, and most importantly he is very effective rushing inside. Allen is 20-pounds heavier, and played more inside. Basham
is a small school player, a little smaller, and more outside edge rushing Jonathon Allen.
And again, I do apologize (for the dumb comparison;). The more I
watch him the more I like him.
played with excellent strength, and can bull his way to the QB. "When you look at him, it looks like he may not have the size necessary in terms of weight on his body, but he carries it
HC Frank Solich said. "He shows good strength on the football field; we want to continue to develop that. Sometimes he’ll bull rush you and use natural strength [to get a sack]. Sometimes he’ll just beat you with speed. Sometimes he’ll set up a move. He’s got a lot of good
technique." He has some explosion off the snap, and can really
put speed to power on the edge.
is an all out all the time guy. "He certainly had really outstanding
said. "He had a motor that just kept running. He was going full speed on the field the majority of the time."
He has a real nice power Rip inside.
He was on the punt block team, and blocked a punt.
"That I’m very well capable of doing whatever they need me to
when asked about himself.
"That I’m ready to come in and
play. I’m not trying to come in and be a backup. I just do whatever I
need to do to get to the quarterback and make plays." Thunderous hitter. When he hits
QBs they crash down like a tower of domino.
rushed from the inside sometimes. He can hold up the OC and OG as he spies the QB, and then when the QB tries to run, shed them and go and sack the QB. He is a bigger guy than the other edgerushers. He had a sack against Tennessee. He did not look out of place on the field against them.
Great instincts and reactions on the field. He rushes from both sides, and sometimes looks better on the blindside. He already looks like an NFL DE. He will line up standing up on either side as well. He has some great strong hands. Knows how to attack the OLs' arms and hands. He reads it s face. Terrific eyes to diagnose play instantly and burst to the ball. He has a great blast off, and has the speed to turn the corner.
He is an all out all the time guy. Great motor. I thought his tape was a little inconsistent, but when he was on he looked like a prospect.
His second run got him into Day Two. A 1.61 Split is a big number for him. And a 4.7 forty with his production is 2nd or 3rd Round number. He
has a little snap in his hips. Eyes down in stack and shed drill. Excellent reaction in space drill. Nice job in space in drills at Combine. Nice slap through move to the QB.
He had a private work out with Belichick at Ohio. "It was a little surreal, sure," Basham
said. "He seems like a great coach." He garnered 11.5 Sacks last
season to become Ohio's all time Sack leader with 29.5 Sacks and 42.5 TFL,
and was the Mid-American Conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
showed his nice burst off the snap here. Then ran by the SEC ORT like he
was a bump in the road (:01). Watch the hands. Basham is a strong guy, and
he likes to bash them hands off his shirt. He almost got to Dobbs as you
see the ORT's arms going fly out (:10). He will drop sometimes (:16). He
spied the QB, and then went and gave a big hit to the RB.
rushed more inside here, as the OLB blitzed outside of him. He looked like he had slapped
the ORG's hands off, but then got stuck (:29). He blasted off outside. He
saw the RB get the ball. Watch him redirect to get in front of the RB with
some interesting quicks (:37). He played the option with perfect technique
(:44). Then watch the burst to the QB from shuffle to recognition to Sack.
Watch the suddenness in his feet and shoulders as he burst to the QB.
he is at OLB in an Odd front. He fakes up field, and then reads the
screen. Watch his hands and feet in space as he fights laterally past the
ORG. Then he turned into the RB and took him out. You have to remember
that he is a 270-pound man running around out there
(1:11). Watch the power as he tried to pop down low and get upfield
(1:19). What I like about him is how quick he is from read to react. He
spotted the handoff, and watch the great spin back that got him in on the tackle.
out the burst off the snap (1:28). Again, watch the form and the attack
from read to react as he saw the handoff (1:35). He stunted inside and
the OC, and got a hand up in the QB's face (1:41). He burst forward into
the backfield, and then burst forward a second time and almost batted down
the pass (1:50). Standing up at OLB. He snuck up behind the DE, and
stunted inside (1:58). Then he got knocked off his feet by the double
love that burst. Then the Rip off the TE, as he shuffled to the right to
tried to get the RB (2:06). Elite blast off there, and then watch the
great laterally burst on the stunt. That is some serious clay for a DC to
mold (2:15). I love when he goes inside. When he goes inside he
can really look like Allen fast (2:22). I mean, this is
explosion inside. He got tackled by the OLT. Then watch the agility and
balance as he exploded back up to his feet, and got the strip sack. That
is as dominate a play on defense as you could see last season.
watch how fast he was in the QBs face. He looked like he ran a 1.61 10-yard
split to the QB there (2:50). Standing
up again as an OLB. I'm very impressed by that. Boom. Watch the speed to
power there that knocked the OLT back three steps (3:01). So much
about being a passrusher is relentlessness (3:07). Check out this
power stunt inside as he tried to free up his teammate. Then he saw the
pass, and burst outside, relentlessly, into the flat. I don't know how he
he is zoning the flat. Then he burst to the middle so fast that he overran the RB. But watch the hit on the OL as he jolted him back into the RB (3:15).
Back on the blindside. I think he sometimes rushed better from this side (3:24).
He got off the snap a little late, but arced inside so fast that he sacked
the QB straight back off his feet. That is just a great tackle in traffic.
got stoned by the OLT, but watch the relentlessness as he spun outside and
got close to the QB (3:42). Great job anticipating the snap, and as
soon as Dobbs kept the ball Basham had 'em (3:56). Great blast off,
but Dobbs juked him (4:05). He keyed it right off his initial burst.
Watch the explosion inside as he read run all the way (4:25). He
played with elite read and react smarts in this game.
the COD. He keyed option and got parallel to the line. He saw the RB and
took off towards him. He saw the RB didn't have the ball, and snapped to the QB
instantly (4:32). Great power move inside on the Dive to the opposite
side (4:43). Watch this great zone drop where he almost knocked it
down (4:49). He came out of the rush and crushed the RB with a chip.
Then saw Dobbs take off and redirected and hit him (5:07). Watch
the great break inside when he saw Dobbs take off (5:18). He
burst inside and tried to rip the ball out.
can see his great burst off the snap. He blasted off through the RB's chip
and got the outside shoulder of the ORT (:01). He showed his
great burst and his read and react skills. He waited for the hit that
didn't come. Saw the RB, and burst inside and made the tackle (:10). Lined
up outside of Garcia. Great lateral burst inside (:21). He has
an explosive burst to the corner (:38). He can also turn the
corner with the ORT shoving him.
quicks and hands to keep himself free from blockers (:44). The
QB had to throw quick, because Basham tested the edge every down (:53). He
blasted off to the outside shoulder of the ORT. Then he saw the QB didn't
have the ball. Watch the quick shed and COD as he tried to dive back and
pick up the fumble (1:00). I love the way he moves on the field.
exploded off the snap and used a double club to run by Garcia and hit the
QB, which helped cause the INT (1:12). Nice bendability. Nice arc agility (1:24). Nice
stop and go move (1:30). He does have experience dropping into coverage,
and can play 3-4 OLB (1:38). Watch the great blast off that sent
him to Mars on the Draw (1:48). Watch the quickness (2:02).
He changed angles twice on the play action, and then leaped up in the QB's
face as he threw.
to power with the shoulder shove. Then he tried to turn the corner to the
QB. But he got dragged down from behind by the obvious Hold (you can see
his shirt shoot out of his back;) in front of the ref. He helped cause
the incompletion (2:09). He set the edge nicely, and shed the pulling
guard with his hands and feet (2:23). Then leaped on the RB to get in
on the TFL.
the agility as he spun out of the the ORT's hands and through the RB's
chip at the same time. Then he slapped the QB's to the ground by his
shoulder as he threw to cause the incompletion (2:31). He exploded
off the snap so fast that he turned Garcia's block into a Hold (2:48).
He got up in the QB's face to help cause the incompletion.
get a great look at the outside explosion, and the grabbing the OLT's arm,
and using it against him (2:54). He jumped off sides (2:57).
Watch the great burst into a swim inside as he read run (3:21). He
played with some nasty (3:26). He blasted off right into
the OLT, and jammed him back by his neck (3:32). Explosive off
the snap (3:46). That is what is going to get him drafted early.
Explosion and his hand usage turning the corner. I sometimes wish he was
just a little more bendable.
the burst upfield, then the shoulder fake outside, and the burst inside to
the QB that panicked the quarterback again (3:52). Watch
the speed to power that knocked the ORT back three steps (4:12). Watch
the great inside burst on the screen. Then the explosion up field to leap
up and knock the pass down (4:49). He tried to split the double
inside to the RB (4:54). He doesn't always play the run well. He
really is more of a speed rusher like Lawson. But he did help stop the RB
on short yardage. I think he is a stronger guy than Lawson, but Lawson has
better arc agility.
exploded up field, through the ORT, and got in on the TFL on 3rd and 1.
That was a great play for a speed rusher (5:00). Watch the great
inside rip, but he ran into the OLG instead of the QB (5:10). Nice
technique against the Option (5:18). He tried to spin inside,
which is a great counter for him (5:22). But he ran into the
the speed to power, and the great quick swim inside (5:33). Watch
the speed to power to push Garcia up, but when he tried to set the
edge he got pushed back (5:45). Nice burst up field. Then he hopped inside as his arms slapped off the ORT's, and got a
lane to the QB (6:04). Watch
the redirect as he got fooled by the play action. Then the speed to power
that knocked the TE off his feet, and turned him to the QB (6:10). He
kept trying to fight inside to get the RB (6:30). He
is the relentless passrusher that all teams need.
2015: Played in 12 games including 11 starts at defensive end...ranked seventh on the team with 43 total tackles including 20 solo stops...led the team with 5.5 sacks for 35 yards lost and 10.0 tackles for 46 yards lost...led the team with 11 quarterback hurries and had one pass breakup...recorded a season-high six tackles twice, last against Miami.
2014: Named to Hendricks Award Midseason Watch List... Saw action in all 12 games, starting seven for the Bobcats... Totaled 33 tackles, including 15 solo stops and six for a total of 41 yards lost... Had a season high seven tackles against Marshall (Sept. 13)... Posted three high season stops against Akron (Oct.18)... Recorded five sacks for 39 yards lost.... Tallied one forced fumble against Central Michigan (Oct. 4)... Compiled five quarterback hurries and two pass break-ups on the season.
2013: Was named to the 13th annual Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team ... Started five of the 13 games he played in ... Totaled 32 tackles - including 16 solo stops, a team-high 7.5 sacks (tied for fifth on the program’s all-time single season sack list), 9.5 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup ... Recorded his first career sack and forced a fumble at Louisville (Sept. 1) ... Assisted on a tackle against North Texas (Sept. 7) ... compiled three tackles including a sack - against Austin Peay (Sept. 21) ... Posted three solo stops - including a career-high two sacks - at Akron (Oct. 5) ... Totaled four tackles against Central Michigan (Oct. 12) in his first career start - including a sack, another tackle for a loss and a forced fumble ... Made two tackles at Eastern Michigan (Oct. 19) - including a solo stop ... Started against Miami (Oct. 26) and piled up three tackles - including a sack ... Started at Buffalo (Nov. 5), posting two tackles - including a solo stop ... Started at Bowling Green (Nov. 12) and totaled three tackles - including a tackle for a loss and another solo stop ... Made six tackles against UMass (Nov. 29) - including one solo stop and an assist on a sack ... Started against East Carolina (Dec. 23) in the Beef `O’ Brady’s Bowl, recording three solo stops - including a sack.
Prior to Ohio: Recorded 16 sacks and 82 solo tackles throughout his career... Earned All-Region honors as a senior... Four-year varsity letter winner... Helped his team to an 8-3 record as a senior... Attended Hargrove Military Academy for Prep School and was coached by Troy Davis.
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