Buccaneers’ 2017 7-Round Mock Draft: 2.0
By Zach Sauers
Tarell Basham – DE – Ohio
In the fifth round, the Bucs look to add to their defensive line. Now with defensive coordinator Mike Smith returning, it would be wise to give him some depth on his defense. Tarell Basham is a high motor athlete who some teams will fall in love with and he is someone who fits the mold of what general manager Jason Licht looks for.
Basham is a little bit underweight, but is another guy that the Bucs could groom into a full-time starter. His physical play during his college career is what landed him a spot on the Senior Bowl roster and during the week he made the most of it.
One thing is true, the Bucs have already talked to Basham so it already proves a tale of interest. Whether that is taken lightly or not, this defensive end already fits the mold of what you want a later talent to be.
His relentless type play will help his draft stock, but whether he is able to climb to earlier rounds will depend on the teams that consider him. Basham would provide another dual threat defensive end to team, and someone who could learn much under the guidance of the similar Robert Ayers. Jr.
Previously: Defensive Tackle Larry Ogunjobi