2021 NFL Draft Profile: Carlos Basham Jr.

Basham's combination of strength and motor could help him develop into a productive edge rusher

Teams looking for power and energy from their defensive ends need to do their homework on Carlos Basham Jr. in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Highly productive during this time at Wake Forest, the man known as "Boogie" offers an intriguing combination of burst, strength and motor that could be molded into an effective edge rusher in the right system.


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Carlos Basham Jr. Draft Profile


College: Wake Forest
Class: Sr.
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 270


Strong Points

A powerful edge player with a violent and high-motor approach, Basham was consistently disruptive at the collegiate level. He fires off the snap with a quick first step and uses his length and strong, active hands to threaten the inside shoulder of tackles and shoot into the backfield, often preferring to take the shortest distance from Point A to Point B. He’ll get low and drive blockers back into the pocket. He plays with natural balance, and his energy rarely stalls. His closing burst is very good; as a run defender, he’ll chase down a lot of plays in pursuit.


Weak Points

He was something of a man among boys in college, and there’s some concern about how well his game — which has relied too much on overpowering lesser athletes — will translate to the next level. He’s less an edge bender and much more reliant on shooting inside and getting upfield quickly; he’s at risk of running himself out of plays with that approach.



He isn’t the cleanest fit, but with his burst, power and motor, Basham is a boom-or-bust playmaker at the next level.


Final Grade: 1st/2nd round


2017 13 24 2.0-2 0.0-0 3 0-0 0-0 3
2018 12 58 11.0-40 4.5-28 5 0-1 0-0 1
2019 13 57 18.0-60 11.0-47 13 3-0 0-0 3
2020 7 28 5.5-40 5.0-39 2 1-0 0-0 1
Career 45 167 36.5-142 20.5-114 23 4-1 0-0 8


Athlon Sports 2021 NFL Draft Guide

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