General manager Chris Ballard knew he would need to overhaul the defensive when he arrived in Indianapolis.
Ballard added depth in free agency along the front seven and spent the Colts first two picks on defense. Going Malik Hooker (Safety) and Quincy Wilson (Cornerback) respectively. That trend continued with their third round pick tonight.
The Colts took defensive end, Tarell Basham, a defensive end from Ohio.
#Colts 3rd round pick: Tarell Basham, edge rusher out of Ohio.
Chris Ballard's first three picks: Defense, defense, defense.
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) April 29, 2017
Basham was the MAC Defensive Player of the Year last season when he racked up 10 sacks and 14.5 tackle for loss.
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A monster of a man, he measured in at 6’4″ 269 pounds. The Colts needed pass rushing help, and Basham will do just that.
The former Ohio standout will have to transition to a 3-4 defense, but he should fit in just fine. He has one of the hardest work ethics in the year’s class, and the coaches will fall in love with him at camp.
Expect Basham to compete for a starting job in camp along. That could mean that he and Henry Anderson will be the starters along the line come Week 1.