Although David Bass is coming from a Division II program (Missouri Western State), his game translates to the NFL. He has good size (6'4", 262 pounds), has proven performance and durability and is a high-effort, high-character guy.
Bass started every one of the 50 games he's played in for the Griffons, and in that time he recorded 39.5 sacks. He played outside linebacker in college, but it's unclear which position he'll be asked to play in the professional ranks.
That also depends upon the scheme of the team he gets drafted by.
Bass' effort and production are not the issue. His technique will need to get better to carry these types of numbers to the next level.
Another question that comes with drafting Bass is: How will he perform against much higher-level competition than he's ever faced? While he will likely "get there," it probably won't happen right away.
Decide for yourself. Here are some of the best video highlights of Missouri Western State's all-time leading sack artist, David Bass.
A defensive lineman's dream is to get a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery all on the same play.
David Bass accomplished that on this play, and he didn't even go to the ground. He did it all in one motion.
He sets up outside the right tackle, then at the snap rushes off the corner, crosses the tackle's face and then strips the ball from the quarterback.
Not only did he get the sack, but he literally took the ball from the quarterback, which you rarely see at any level. Bass kept his balance and raced toward the end zone.
This play shows what Bass is capable of.
Did he really just do that?
Bass' athleticism was on full display in this highlight, as he drops into coverage to fool the quarterback and make the interception.
As a matter of fact, it looks like he's initially rushing, but then reads the quarterback's quick drop and drops into coverage. Bass has zero margin for error on this play.
After the interception, Bass opens his hips and returns the ball 10 yards despite having little running room.
Talk about a highlight.
Here, Bass is rushing from the right side of the defense, going against the opposition's left tackle. And as you may know, the left tackle is supposed to be the best pass-blocker on the team.
Bass just abuses the left tackle in these two plays. On the first one, Bass creates space then gets off the block and sacks the quarterback.
On the second play, Bass sets up wider and rushes upfield which causes the left tackle to open his hips. Then, Bass rips across the blocker and gets the sack again.
This clip shows Bass' ability to win in different ways against the same player.
It's tough to make out where Bass is in this highlight, but not for long.
As you'll see, Bass is rushing from the left defensive end position. When he realizes he can't get to the quarterback, he jumps up to deflect the pass. In so doing, he is able to intercept the pass and return said interception 55 yards for a touchdown.
Not to say Bass will become the player that Watt is becoming, but this highlight shows Bass is able to disrupt the passer without recording a sack.
Was this supposed to be a hand-off or a quarterback keeper?
Maybe it was some kind of lead play.
Either way, Bass made sure to stop the play cold in the backfield.
Instead of going around the blocker, Bass went through the blocker on his way to the ball carrier. In the process, he literally took two players to the ground by himself.
When was the last time you saw that happen in a football game on any level?