24 Nov 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest

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Redshirt Senior | 6’5″, 275 lbs | December 16, 1997 | Roanoke, VA

A big and powerful edge rusher with raw athleticism, exceptional motor, and block destruction ability.

Carlos Basham Jr. enters 2020 with 15.5 career sacks, which currently has him sitting at 6th in Demon Deacons history. The 2019 first team All-ACC defensive end earned 11.0 of those sacks last season, when he was second in the ACC and first on his team in sacks. He has a history of consistent production, especially against the run, and looks to continue that trend while also raising his own draft stock.

Strengths:

  • Active hands once engaged
  • Will do whatever it takes to get to the ball
  • Good pursuit angles and motor
  • Push/Pull
  • Length
  • Tackling ability
  • Sets the edge well vs the run
  • Beating reach blocks

Areas To Improve:

  • Beating cut blocks
  • Tends to lose contain by resorting to ill advised inside moves and getting washed down
  • Initial punch is inconsistent
  • Gets too close into OL chest
  • Needs to diversify his pass rush repertoire

Injury Concerns: N/A

Way Too Early Projection:

Basham is considered one of the top edge prospects for the upcoming draft, and while he has the raw ability to live up to that potential, he needs to polish up some aspects of his game to do so. He spends his time almost exclusively as a hand down 5 or 7 tech defensive end, and fits best in a 4-3 scheme. With his currently limited pass rush repertoire, he has to lean on his excellent production against the run to support him. Listen out for his name on Day 2, and possibly Day 1 if he improves certain aspects parts of his pass rush.

What To Watch For:

Expect Basham to continue to produce in the run game. In the pass game, watch for a more diversified move set while pass rushing, and more discipline when it comes to shooting inside. If he can stick to his role more in the pass rush instead of getting engulfed in his own one-on-one battle, it could result in even better results than he has put forth to this point. The raw ability is there, he just needs to tap into it a little more.

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