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Cowboys NFL Draft Targets: DL Carlos “Boogie” Basham

The got some depth to their in with the additions of , , and . However, seeing as the NFL is a league fueled by high-powered offenses, you can never have too many bodies to get after the .

Day 2 of the 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 out of Wake Forest that the Cowboys should keep an eye on.

After just 24 tackles and no 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 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 as a pass rusher, he was a dominant force. I prefer Basham in a system that stands him over , and he comes with a large upside.

"BOOGIE" 💥 || Wake Forest DE Carlos Basham Jr. Highlights ᴴᴰ

Adding Basham to , , Tarell Basham, , and would set the Cowboys up nicely as far as getting pressure from the . Also, as mentioned in one of the videos above, he's looked at as a moveable chess piece that could slide inside to play or play .

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

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

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