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#58 per Colts website

6’4 262 DE from OHIO University

DOB 3/18/94 (23 yrs)

4.70 40yd – 4.35 20shuttle – 7.27 3cone

31.5 vert – 9’11 broad -15 bench

34.25 arm -10.25 hand


Round 4, Pick 80

OVERALL PRE-DRAFT RANKINGS: JHyde 47, HuddleReport 50, CBS 66, MyCA 70, DraftTek 74, PFF 90

@JuMosq listed as 13th out of only 18 edge rushers to draft

EDGE rushers drafted AFTER: 83 Rivers NE, 103 Hendricksen NO, 108 Biegel GB, 116 Lawson CIN

EDGE rushers drafted BEFORE: 68 Smoot JAC, 73 Willis CIN, 77 Hall CAR, 78 Williams BAL


RAS, MockDraftable and Sparq all have him above average athlete scores, but nothing exceptional.

Recent picks similar athletic scores were Noah Spence TB, Trent Murphy WAS, Frank Clark SEA, Shilique Calhoun OAK.

NFL players compared to: DeMarcus Lawrence, LaMarr Woodley, Ryan Kerrigan


PROS: Good recognition and football IQ, Infectious personality and work ethic

Ideal build, long arms, explosive, bull rush, production

CONS: MAC competition, slow off snap, no bend


Below are links to and quotes from the best Tarell Basham draft profiles I found. There were twice as many out there with limited content or actual evaluation. From what I gathered after one evening is that Tarell is a 4-3 DE that seems like he could hold up in coverage. Has the body type, athleticism and production to become an above average NFL 3-4 OLB. I assume he sees defensive snaps only as pass rush specialist in September games. Then Colts see how he does and go from there. The only scouting opinions that matter now regarding Basham belong to Ted Monachino, DC; Gary Emanuel, DL coach; Brad White, OLB coach.

Training camp will be interesting to see all the new players.

Until then, GO COLTS!


COLTS GM CHRIS BALLARD “He is a pass rusher that has to develop.”

@fduffy3 breaks down in 30-minute depth with @MattWaldman RSP Film Room

Pushes 6’8 353lbs new Colts RT Zach Banner back with bull rush in Senior Bowl practice

GAME FILMS: 2016 Tenn, Troy; 2015 App St, Idaho

3min40sec profile by @ncaa2nflscout

Recent news list quotes from team scouts and shows team interested pre-draft.

“Tarell Basham brings impressive and balanced Core and Torso Power, impressive all around Agility, that terrific Wing Span, and tremendous Drive and Discipline to the Field of Battle, balanced against which are his very raw Combat Skills, Pass Rushing Repertoire, and Field Vision.” VFS542 fave

“Tarell has to learn to use his size, length and overall athletic talent to his advantage and right now that is not happening on every play. When he does you see an explosive and talented player who can overpower his opponent. But for some reason Tarell struggles and tries to finesse opponents and that makes him play smaller than his size.” VFS542 fave

“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.” VFS542 fave

“He has shown a plethora of pass rushing moves on tape from a swim move to a spin and a punch. However, his go-to move is the bull rush.”


“He’s a different mold than some of the others. He goes through you, not around you, and in that way, it’ll remind you a lot of LaMarr Woodley. Basham has long arms, big hands, and a nasty demeanor. It adds up to a violent punch that can knock linemen off their base”

“has teams at the top end of round two hoping that this matchup nightmare falls into their lap.”

Has short Basham interview at Senior Bowl.

“Basham spent a lot of time at defensive tackle at the beginning of his career and was switched to the defensive end position late.”

“Basham is the #1 overall player in our Patriots specific Big Board”


“What Basham lacks in name recognition he more than makes up for with initial quickness, agility and motor. He may need a year or two to acclimate to the greater speed of the NFL but possesses the traits and work ethic necessary to handle the jump in competition. Basham is at his best attacking off the edge, winning with equal parts athleticism and tenacity. Though at his best rushing, Basham possesses the agility and speed to occasionally drop back into coverage, as well. The coaching staff at Ohio raves about Basham’s infectious personality and work ethic on and off the field.”

“Basham is a poor man’s Kerrigan in the fact that he doesn’t quite possess the strength throughout his frame that Kerrigan had coming out of Purdue. Kerrigan also owned a tad more than a bull-rush, but both are defined by the move and work other moves off of it. Walks the fine line between “high motor” and “out of control”.”

“He is similar to Carl Lawson 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.” — NFC area scout


“I worked really hard to this point to make a living, so I’m glad that it’s going to start paying off,” Basham said. “The work’s only just beginning.”


“When I was 8 years old, I made my mind up I was going to the NFL,” Basham said. “I expected this of myself.”

2016: Played in 14 games 30 total tackles including 20 solo stops…led the team with 11.5 sacks.

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.

Personal: Born March 18, 1994… Son of Glenda Basham… Has three siblings… Had perfect attendance throughout high school… Undecided on a major… Enjoys playing Xbox… Is the first member of his family to ever attend college.



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