In a little more than a week, the Denver Broncos, along with 31 other teams, will be adding personnel to their rosters in the NFL’s yearly Draft.
Last season, Denver had a pass rushing arsenal that fans affectionately labeled “WMD.” The acronym referred to “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” but had a dual analogy. It described the NFL’s most proficient team in Sacking the opposing Quarterback using the initials of the surnames of it’s 3 biggest contributors; Derek Wolfe, Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil.
Last month, Broncos Country lost the “D” when Elvis left the building to build a nest with the Ravens. The Broncos will surely need to address this in the Draft or otherwise provide an answer in the scraps left in Free Agency.
I submit to you that the answer lies in a BMW. Denver already has the “M” in Miller and the “W” in Wolfe. There aren’t any “D’s” among the Defensive Line prospects this year, so recreating that bomb would be an effort in futility. However, there is a “B” that would be sufficient to fill the void of Dumervil’s departure. His name is David Bass.
David Bass is a small school Defensive End out of Missouri Western State, a Division II school. He stands 6’4”, 262 lbs and is currently ranked 14th out of 151 Defensive End prospects across the nation and 164th overall in the 2013 Draft class. His Combine 40 Time was 4.74 and he is projected as a 5th round draft pick.
Bass started all 50 games in 4 seasons for the Griffons, with 210 Tackles, 66.5 Tackles For Loss and holds the team record for most career Sacks with 40.5. He also added 20 Quarterback Hurries, 19 Pass Breakups, 3 Interceptions (1 for a Touchdown), 1 Forced Fumble and 1 Fumble Recovery to round out his career totals.
He had a Production Ratio of 2.14. That is an average of 2 impact plays per game (Tackle For Loss or Sack). For a small school player, you really need to see some domination and Bass has shown that. His Explosion Number of 61.75 isn’t around the standard 70 that you see out of a top pick, but Bass doesn’t hold a 1st round grade anyway. For a 5th round pick, it is pretty good though.
David’s 4.33 time in the 20 yard Shuttle was the 3rd best at the Combine, behind Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor. According to Tony Villotti of Draftmetrics, in a study of DE Draft picks from 1999-2012, the 20-yard shuttle has the best correlation with success.
72% of 1-year starters and 78% of 3-year starters ran the drill in 4.39 seconds or less.
87% of 1-year starters and 88% of 3-year starters jumped 111 inches or more. Bass (111 inches).
None of the 33 Combine participants who had vertical jumps of 31 inches or less became 3-year starters and only three become 1-year starters. Bass (32.5 inches)
Bass developed into a solid MIAA football player and his exploits at getting after the quarterback have proved he has the speed and talent that will allow him to get better every time he steps on the field. “Determined” is one of the things Bass says helps him with his success and adds “it’s those other ten guys” that help him get the numbers he had achieved with the Griffons. He compares himself to the 49er’s Aldon Smith.
Aldon Smith for sure. Same size pretty much, same height, same measurables.
Bass has the talent that will allow him to get better every time he steps on the field. He has long arms (33 1/2”) and a very good vertical which will cause havoc for opposing Quarterbacks. Bass is also a great leader on and off the field. He has the tools, tangibles and intangibles worth using a 5th round draft pick on.
This option also allows the Broncos to pick up a Cornerback, Defensive Tackle and Running Back in the early rounds. They don’t need a fancy Cadillac when a sporty BMW would suit their purpose and they won’t come away with an empty net when fishing for Bass.
– Kaptain Kirk