Texans to work out Ohio pass rusher Tarell Basham

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Tarell Basham could be a difference maker in the NFL and the Houston Texans would be a great place for him to land in this year’s draft.

You can never have enough defensive weapons, which is why a player like Ohio University pass rusher Tarell Basham would be a nice addition for the Houston Texanstop ranked defense.

The Houston Texans will be working out Basham this week, according to Jeff Risdon of Texans Wire.

"Ohio University edge rusher Tarell Basham has been one of the big risers over the course of the draft and workout season. The Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year will work out for the Texans on Tuesday, March 28."

If a team like the Texans were to draft Basham he would certainly be used as a rush outside linebacker.

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Basham recorded 11.5 sacks during his final season with the Bobcats and was named the Mid-American Conference player of the year for 2016.

Here’s what NFL.com’s draft profile says about Basham:

"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."

Basham has been such a quick riser as a draft prospect this offseason that he’s one of Tony Pauline’s “Surprise Risers.”

The 6-4, 269 pound Basham ran a 4.7 forty yard dash at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine. He has the ideal size and athleticism that every NFL team looks for in a pass rusher.

Basham is currently expected to go in the second round. It would be ideal for the Texans if they could grab him in the third round to team up with Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney.