Dallas Cowboys 2021 draft: 4 day two targets to consider

Syracuse Orange defensive back Ifeatu Melifonwu (23) (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange defensive back Ifeatu Melifonwu (23) (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Carlos Basham Jr., Dallas Cowboys
Wake Forest Demon Deacons defensive lineman Carlos Basham Jr. (18) (Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports) /

Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE – Wake Forest

One Basham on the team deserves another. Earlier this offseason, the Cowboys signed defensive end Tarell Basham in free agency. And it just so happens that one of the top edge rushers in this draft class is his third cousin, Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr.

At 6-foot-5, 285-pounds, Basham racked up 57 total tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, 10.0 sacks, three pass deflections, and three forced fumbles as a junior in 13 games. Last season as a senior for Wake Forest, he was on pace to potentially outperform those previous numbers, recording 28 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, and four forced fumbles in just six games.

The Cowboys parted ways with defensive end Aldon Smith this offseason via free agency, seemingly paving the way for Randy Gregory to assume his vacant starting role. But based on Gregory’s history of league suspensions alone, Dallas would be wise to bring in another pass rusher to add to the rotation.

In Boogie Basham, the Cowboys would get an explosive defender with a high motor who possesses a massive frame that will allow him to move anywhere he’s needed across the defensive line.