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Raiders make Missouri Western DE David Bass final pick in seventh round

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The Raiders take an intriguing defensive prospect in the last round of the draft. How can the Raiders best utilize him?

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In the seventh round at pick #233, the Raiders picked Missouri Western defensive end David Bass. He is a guy that most college football viewers ave never seen or heard of, but he has some serious talent. He was a four-year starter in college and dominated the (admittedly low-level) competition. He broke the school record for sacks by tallying 39.5 in his career.

Bass measures in at 6'4", 262 lbs. He ran a relatively sluggish 40 at 4.79 seconds, which knocked his stock down. He still had a fifth round grade from some observers. Bass played in the East-West Shrine Game and shined during practices against high level competition, showing that the promise and ability displayed on tape was not a fluke. Bass clearly would have excelled no matter what school he had attended.

It is likely that Bass can be a hybrid DE/OLB in the NFL and allow the Raiders to more effectively switch from 4-3 to 3-4 and back again at will. He is extremely quick and can diagnose plays easily to disrupt the offense. He has natural pass rushing moves and good speed off the edge, playing faster than his 40 time would suggest.

Hopefully, the acquisition of Bass will enable Jason Tarver to further implement his hybrid defense. Bass can both defend the run and rush the pass from the DE or OLB position. He seems to be a key piece going forward as Oakland seeks to establish its defensive scheme with new personnel.