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Scouting The 2017 NFL Draft: Tarell Basham, Edge, Ohio

Today we take a look at a talented, young edge rusher out of Ohio. You can watch Tarell Basham play in the Dollar General Bowl 12/23, 8 PM EST on ESPN

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Hometown: Rocky Mount, Virginia

High School: Hargrave Military Academy

Recruitment: 2 Stars


2013 Freshman All-America Team

2014 Hendricks Award Midseason Watch List


Height: 6'4"

Weight: 262

Class: Senior

Projected 40 Time: 4.75


Year Tackles TFL Sacks QB Hurries Force Fumbles
2013 31 8.5 7.5 5 1
2014 33 5.5 4 5 1
2015 43 10 5.5 11 2
2016 48 14.5 10.5 12 1


  • Impressive power
  • Sets the edge effectively
  • Uses leverage well
  • A sure tackler
  • Squeezes down the run well
  • Has a great motor
  • Is quick for his size


  • Has had a few injuries in his college career
  • Small school
  • Doesn’t have the best get-off
  • Probably only  4-3 defensive end
  • Needs to work on his pass rushing repertoire
  • Could use his arm length better.
  • Not very fluid


Tarell Basham is an intriguing edge rusher coming out this year. When you watch him play, you see a player that can be rotational edge rusher at the next level. He is well balanced in that he is equally as good at getting to the quarterback as he is at stopping the run. He has the strength to be able to set the edge at the next level. Basham is still developing though. He needs to work on his pass rushing moves, and use better technique with his arms. If he can figure all that out, he can be a real steal in the draft.

Draft Round Prediction: Round 6