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5 things to know about defensive end Boogie Basham


The Buffalo Bills selected defensive end Carlos "Boogie" Basham Jr. with the 29th pick of the second round (61st overall) to open Day 2 of the NFL Draft on Friday.

Here are five things to know about the newest member of the Bills.

1. The production

Basham finished his four-year career at Wake Forest University with 20.5 sacks (fourth-most in school history), 173 tackles, four forced fumble and three fumble recoveries in 45 games.

He recorded five sacks and 28 tackles in seven games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

2. Taking down No. 1

Basham compiled two tackles, a pass defended and a sack of No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence during a matchup with No. 1 Clemson this season.

3. "That's a dinosaur"

Syracuse head coach Dino Babers described Basham as the best defensive lineman his team faced all season in 2020 during an interview with Nate Mink of

"He's freaky," Babers told Mink. "He stayed around and now he's going to get an opportunity to make a lot of money. When he comes off the field, it's like, 'OK, that's a dinosaur. That's a dinosaur. Who's Godzilla?' That's the king of the lizards right there."

4. Added depth on the edge

Basham becomes the second prospect added on the Bills' defensive line, joining first-round selection Greg Rousseau. They join a defensive end group that also includes 2020 second-round pick A.J. Epenesa, Darryl Johnson, and veterans Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison.

Like Rousseau, Basham could offer versatility up front. He slid to 5-technique and 3-technique during the 2021 Senior Bowl in addition to playing his traditional position on the edge.

5. Let's Boogie

Basham was given his nickname by a family friend, a nod to his love of dancing as a child.

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