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2013 NFL Draft Prospects: David Bass Scouting Profile

A late round Division II prospect who is a "Beast."

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The prospect that I am about to introduce to you is a small school Defensive End. He had no contact with the Denver Broncos that I am aware of, but since he has an amazingly high Production Ratio value and is projected as a 6th round draft pick, I thought we should take a look at him.

His name is David Bass and he is a 6’4", 262 lb. Defensive Lineman out of Missouri Western State, a Division II school belonging to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). Bass is currently ranked 17th out of 212 Defensive End prospects across the nation and 203rd overall in the 2013 Draft class. His Combine 40 Time was 4.84 and he is projected as a 6th round draft pick.


#91 David Bass
Class: Redshirt Senior
Born: Sept. 11, 1990 (22)
Major: Criminal justice

Arm Length-33 1/2"
Hand Length-10 1/2"
40 Time-4.84
Bench Press-20
Vertical Jump-30.5"
Broad Jump-111"
20 YD Shuttle-4.33
Production Ratio-2.14
Explosion Number-59.75
Lateral Agility Score-0.51

David 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.

After redshirting in 2008, Bass was an immediate starter as a freshman and he really took off. He finished with 47 Tackles, 9.5 TFL’s and 6.5 Sacks, 8 Pass Breakups, 3 Quarterback Hurries, 1 Fumble Recovery and 1 Interception in 12 contests. The following year (2009), he put up slightly better numbers in the same amount of games--47 Tackles, 10.5 TFL’s, 8 Sacks, 4 Pass Breakups and 4 QB Hurries.

2010: His production increased during his Junior campaign, with 55 tackles, 20 TFL’s, 14.5 Sacks, 8 QB Hurries, 4 PBU’s and one forced fumble in 12 starts. The 20 TFL’s set a school record and his 14.5 Sacks led the conference and left him one-half sack short of the single season school record. David tied a single game high with 4 Sacks in a game twice and was 4th in the nation in Sacks per game at 1.21.

2012: His 14 starts in his senior season were a career high and once more the production went up. Bass tallied 61 Tackles, 26.5 TFL’s and 11.5 Sacks. He added 5 Quarterback Hurries and 7 Pass Breakups, Forced a Fumble and Recovered one. He scored his first career Touchdown against Pittsburg State on Oct. 20 after intercepting the ball and returning it 55 yards to help the Griffons beat the Gorillas 63-14.

2012 Award List
• Finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award
• BSN Third Team All-American
• All-MIAA First Team Selection
• All-America First Team

2011 Award List
• Don Hansen Football Gazette First Team All-American
• BSN First Team All-American
• All-MIAA First Team Selection
• All-America First Team
• First Team All-MIAA Defensive End
• 2-time MIAA Defensive Player of the Week
• Once named Defensive Player of the Week

Bass has 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.

During an Interview with (see link above), David was asked:

What player might you resemble that's in the NFL?

Aldon Smith for sure. Same size pretty much, same height, same measurables.

Is there anything NFL scouts might miss about your play?

I would definitely say the defense I played in. I talked to a couple of scouts who thought I was lazy and didn't give forth much effort. However a lot of teams don't realize we played a gap control defense, a 4-3. My job was to post the tackle up and stay there.



Just like every year, a few small schoolers break onto the scene and perform very well on an equal playing field. Bass is one of these prospects, as he was the most consistent pass rusher at the East-West Shrine game. The senior broke two records during his final year at Missouri Western State breaking the school's career sack (39.5) and consecutive starts (50). When asked the one word to describe himself, Bass answered "Beast."

Bass didn't look out of place during the Shrine Game practices, with the quickness and hand strength to defeat blocks and find his way to the ballcarrier. He has room to refine his pass rush moves to be more effective, but he flashed in practice why he was able to be so productive in college. - Dane Brugler,

Strengths: David has good first step quickness and a natural burst off the snap. He plays with springs in his legs with good vertical and lateral movements. Active hands to defeat blocks with good awareness to find the ballcarrier. Plays assignment-sound football and has developed his instincts. Motivated individual with an excellent competitive drive. Positive locker room presence with strong character on and off the field. Excellent career production with 39.5 sacks and 56 tackles for loss as a four-year starter.

Weaknesses: There is room for improvement to refine his pass rush moves and hand technique to defeat blockers and shed. Bass allows his pads to rise off the snap and needs to show more consistent leverage. There are some concerns about whether or not he is a hand on the ground Defensive End or a stand up Linebacker. All of his experience and production has come against Division-II level talent so level of competition is a question mark.

"Word is" Missouri Western DE David Bass might run in the mid 4.6s at the Combine, per draft insider Tony Pauline.

"If he runs that fast at the combine his stock will rise as teams will give him consideration as both a 3-4 outside linebacker as well as a 4-3 Defensive End. We think more than a fast forty time for a 260-pounder is needed to consider him a pass rushing Linebacker, but Bass' squatty frame and hand use was impressive during the East-West Shrine week." Feb 8th - Source: TFY Draft Insider

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David Bass Missouri Western State University

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David Bass developed into a solid MIAA football player, with a lot of speed and talent that will allow him to get better every time he steps on the field. He has long arms and a very good vertical which will cause havoc for opposing Quarterbacks. Bass is also a great leader on and off the field. His pre-Combine 40 Time was listed at 4.68 and when he turned in a 4.84 it must have disappointed the ranking gurus since he dropped 25 places. All that really means, is David will move to a Defensive End position in the Pros.

He has the tools, tangibles and intangibles worth using a 6th round draft pick on. It is difficult to think Bass will go undrafted, but a 7th round pick or a CFA contract would be a steal for this kid. I truly hope Denver brings him in for a look.

Go Broncos!

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