By: Shawn Williams
There may not be anyone who used the 2021 Senior Bowl to boost their draft stock more than Wake Forest Demon Deacon Carlos “Boogie” Basham, Jr. He impressed with his versatility, playing multiple positions on the line, and consistently won match-ups against his opposition. Scouts and coaches gave high praise by week’s end, but that shouldn’t surprise anybody.
Basham was a model of consistency at WF, holding the longest active streak for most consecutive games with a Tackle for a Loss at a whopping twenty-three (the only player in double digits when the streak came to an end)! He also tallied a sack in each of the team’s first five games. Basham was considered an NFL prospect as a junior, before deciding to return for his red-shirt senior year.
Carlos Basham uses brute power, a high motor, violent stye, and sound techniques to consistently pressure opposing quarterbacks. Besides his natural LE/4-3 Scheme position, he also serves well rushing the interior on passing downs. He has solid ability to contain the outside, while taking smart angles to the quarterback.
Basham could improve his quickness by becoming a bit leaner and will need coaching to elevate his counter moves off initial contact. He does play a bit heavy footed and can struggle to come off run blocks, all of which can be corrected at the next level.
Carlos should find himself taken off the board in the late first or second round. For Dolphin fans, he may remind of the recently departed Shaq Lawson, with a bit of Emmanuel Ogbah mixed in. The 6’5, 274 pound lineman measured in well at his Pro Day with a forty time of 4.64, 34’ vertical, 10’2 broad jump, 7.13 3-cone, and 20 bench reps.