Build – Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?
Basham is 6’5″ 285 and has the frame to
add muscle or take off weight if he wants. Length looks good as well
Mental – Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?
Motor is good and chases the runner down even when he is out of the play
Athleticism – Does he have the athletic traits you want?
For his size his athleticism is incredibly impressive. Has good explosiveness out of his stance and can win in a multitude of ways at the edge whether its around the OT with hand fighting and bend, power straight through the blocker, or with a jump/swipe across the face to go back inside
Technical – Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?
Explosive get off and plays incredibly effectively against both the pass and run. Uses hands well when he gets to the blocker and can us power/leverage/finesse moves to win depending on where he is trying to go. Splits double teams well when getting skinny. Pad level can be high depending on the pass rush moves that he uses
Summary – What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Basham at 6’5″ 285 is the most pro-ready 3 down player on the edge in this draft. His mix of power and athleticism is very impressive for his size as well. He plays the pass and the run well and has refined hand fighting and pass rush moves that he’ll be able to use day one on a roster. At his size he can play a 3-4 DE or a 4-3 DE. He will be an on the line EDGE who is not asked to drop back into coverage.