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Cowboys NFL Draft Targets: DL Carlos “Boogie” Basham

The Dallas Cowboys got some depth to their defensive line in free agency with the additions of Brent Urban, Tarell Basham, and Carlos Watkins. However, seeing as the NFL is a league fueled by high-powered offenses, you can never have too many bodies to get after the quarterback.

Day 2 of the NFL Draft is where second and third-round selections are made and a good opportunity for teams to find under-the-radar prospects that can potentially be stars on the pro level. Carlos “Boogie” Basham is a defensive lineman out of Wake Forest that the Cowboys should keep an eye on.

After just 24 tackles and no sacks as a redshirt freshman in 2017, Basham took his game to another level in 2018. He recorded 64 tackles (11 tackles for loss), 4.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and a defensive touchdown. Basham produced 85 tackles (22.5 tackles for loss), 15 sacks, four pass breakups, and seven forced fumbles while garnering First-Team (2019) and Third-Team (2020) All-ACC honors over his final two seasons. Those numbers would’ve been even better if not for a COVID-19 outbreak at Wake Forest that only allowed him to play seven games in last season.

Basham scouting report according to Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network

Positives: Tough, explosive, and instinctive defender with a complete game. Intelligent but also a slug-it-out defender. Immediately diagnoses and unfolds plays and shows speed moving in every direction. Plays with proper pad level out of a three-point stance, effectively uses his hands to protect himself, and displays a variety of moves getting off blocks.

Forceful up the field, rarely off his feet and consistently attracts double-team blocks. Chases the action hard and plays through the whistle on every snap. Displays good change-of-direction skills and speed up the field and possesses a closing burst. Stays with assignments and plays within the system.

Negatives: Lacks bulk and gets out-positioned from the action by a single blocker. Does not display a great first step off the snap.

Analysis: Basham is a defensive prospect who checks all the boxes — instincts, intensity, and athleticism. He was asked to do more than to rush the passer at Wake Forest and effectively handled assignments, but when let loose at the Senior Bowl as a pass rusher, he was a dominant force. I prefer Basham in a system that stands him over tackle, and he comes with a large upside.

https://twitter.com/PFF_College/status/1367527760705581061?s=19

https://youtu.be/0JwHH8fSuhk

Adding Basham to DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, Tarell Basham, Ron’Dell Carter, and Bradlee Anae would set the Cowboys up nicely as far as getting pressure from the edge. Also, as mentioned in one of the videos above, he’s looked at as a moveable chess piece that could slide inside to play defensive tackle or play linebacker.

With such a wide variety of attributes, Basham is a very intriguing player and one the Cowboys should consider.

What do you think?

Matthew Lenix

Written by Matthew Lenix

I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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  1. I wish we knew something about how the younger players will react when they should have played them last year instead of chasing the elusive losers playoff game

  2. DON – I agree and Anae was touted as draft steal with polished pass rush skills, but we never saw him. Maybe he wasn’t committed enuf or there is something we don’t know?

    Goes to show you some of these draft picks will be talked up but may not pan out or maybe take a while to develop. All the draft publications had Gallimore as a steal and a possible future pro bowler, and he looked solid at best last year. But can’t give up on them too soon. As I said some of them take a while to develop.

  3. It’s all about coaching Gary b, as far as guys being able to develop, we have no problem developing offensive players , it’s our D we need to work on developing , hopefully DQ can be the one who can develop guys on D

  4. THROWupthex88- Agree the cowboys haven’t done the best job at coaching up their defensive players.

    I have a general theory about that. I think offensive players are usually ur skill players who rely less on coaching and more on just athletic ability to dominate. That’s why u see skill players make an impact early in their career, whereas defensive players take more time to develop and are more reliant on scheme and good coaching. Just a theory

  5. I’m not sure how the Cowboys could get Basham. He is rated as a low first round / High second round pick. The Cowboys are not going to use pick #10 on him, and by the time they are on the clock with their second round pick (#44), Basham will most likely be gone.

  6. Yeah you’re right Gary b , also i think too that in the NFL today it’s honestly easier to be on offense than it is Defense cuz of all the different rule changes from PI calls to helmet to helmet , or illegal contact , it’s hard to play D vs. these Gazelles and not have a penalty called on you , defensive players have got to be on point on technique cuz of that or they get penalized

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