Photo of Tarell Basham
Drafted By: Colts
  • Round 3
  • Pick 16
  • Overall 80

Combine Results

5.67 ?
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.27 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.35 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"That's a good football player. Plays his tail off. Base end, but could be 3-4 outside linebacker. He sets a physical edge. I think he plays really hard." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 34 1/4" Arm Length
  • 269LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands


Basham's become quite a football player during his career at Ohio, but his parents are probably most proud of his perfect high school attendance and the fact he's the first member of the family to attend college. He played one fall at Hargrave Military Academy, which prepared him to make an impression in his freshman year, earning Freshman All-American notice (9.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks). He played well in 2014 (six TFL, five sacks) and 2015 (led team with 11 TFL, 5.5 sacks), as well, but really broke out in 2016 as the Mid-American Conference's Defensive Player of the Year (16 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks – tied for 11th in the FBS).



Possesses an NFL-ready build including long arms and big, strong hands. Shows flashes of explosive twitch in his attack upfield. Able to dislodge a tackle's anchor with his speed-to-power move. Has upper body power and traits to become better at softening the edge as a rusher. Plays with good short area burst to close out running backs and scrambling quarterbacks. Maintains functional motor to keep looking for tackles outside of his general area. Asked to drop into space at times and showed enough athletic ability to handle it. Roughneck who likes to take it to tackles and tight ends as edge-setter. Gives physical redirect of tight ends getting into routes.


Plays with tightness in his hips which restricts his bend and pad level. Straight-line attacker who will roll past his target if he doesn't gather his weight early. His pass rush attack is still basic. Leaves his hands at home rather than turning them into weapons of victory. Tries to bull his way around the edge with strong lower body rather than softening edge with his hands. Needs to develop a better plan with reliable counters to beat pro tackles. Lacks smoothness in his turn around the corner. Can still get more out of his long arms.

Draft Projection

Round 3

Sources Tell Us

"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

Bottom Line

Basham has the strength and length to play as a 4-3 base end or as a 3-4 rush linebacker, but his pass rush approach will need to be sharpened as he lacks the flexibility to bend the edge and attack the pocket with athleticism alone. Basham may never produce a high sack total, but his alpha playing style will appeal to teams looking to groom a solid backup with starter's potential.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster