STRENGTHS - Great first step initial quickness made it easy for Bass to get the corner vs the lower level of competition he faced at Missouri Western. While he was always the first DL moving, when he did the same thing at the East West Shrine Game practices I was more impressed. His quickness off the ball and speed allow him to threaten the corner consistently and enables him to pull the OT out to "give him a two way go." Although, he lacks a real variety of pass rush moves, he has the quickness and agility to change directions fast to be the OT back under-neath. He has the playing speed and closing burst to chase down ball carriers in pursuit and never stops hustling to try and track down plays down the field.
WEAKNESSES - Bass is a raw, small school pass rusher who needs to improve his pass rush technique to be productive at the NFL level. Obviously, it will be a huge step up in competition, which he will need to prove he can make - Although he fared very well at the East West Shrine Game. He tends to get high when rushing the passer and while it did not get him in trouble at Missouri Western, he will need to maintain leverage and pad level more consistently to be effective rushing the QB in the NFL. While he is productive chasing down running plays in pursuit, he is not as effective dealing with big run blocks on plays at him. He can be tied up and eliminated from the play too easily by good run blocking OT's.
SUMMARY - Although Bass is not as good as Roderick Green who came out of the same conference years ago, he is one of the best small school pass rushers to come into the NFL in the past few seasons. Although he could use 10 to 15 more pounds on his frame, he looks the part and has the explosive initial quickness that the top pass rushers in the NFL possess. His ability to defeat pass blocks with his quickness, agility and burst is impressive and if he improves his variety of pass rush moves he could really develop. Overall, I would be careful not to over-draft Bass just based on his athleticism because he dominated at a lower level of competition and is raw technically. However, in the fourth or fifth round he would be a strong pick because of his natural pass rush ability and potential if he can improve in the areas mentioned above.