Small School Spotlight: DE David Bass (Missouri Western State)

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 15, 2013 – 5:18 am

As the 2013 NFL Draft draws closer, some of the country’s top players from most of the country’s top college football programs are anxiously awaiting to find out their professional destination. While you can be sure that college football powerhouses such as Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and USC will produce plenty of pros once again this year, you can be just as sure that some of the country’s smaller schools will yield some professional talent as well.

Jerry Rice, the best receiver in NFL history, is a produce of Mississippi Valley State. Our own John Randle, another Hall of Famer, played at Texas A&I – Kingsville. We see it all the time – players from small schools in college can make a big impact in the NFL.

In recognition of this, we’ll run a series called “Small School Spotlight” to highlight a few of this year’s intriguing prospects who may not get the attention they deserve because they come from smaller schools.

We’ll kickoff the small school spotlight with one of my favorite sleepers in this entire class – DE David Bass from Missouri Western State. You don’t see Missouri Western play its games on TV. They play the likes of Emporia State University, Pittsburgh State and Minnesota State – Mankato, and those matchups aren’t going to be featured on prime time network TV. But if you did see Missouri Western State football, you’d notice Bass right away.

David Bass

He measures in 6-4, 262-pounds and he was moved between left DE and right DE because of his effectiveness and versatility. Bass was a 4-year starter at Missouri Western who at one point started 50 consecutive games. He’s the school’s all-time sacks leader with 39.5 and he recorded 56.0 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and 22 pass breakups in his career. I don’t care where you’re playing, that kind of production is worth serious consideration when it comes to transitioning into the NFL.

Bass lacks the burst and play-with-your-hair-on-fire demeanor that makes defensive linemen such as Jared Allen so special. But Bass does have the potential to play in the NFL, and if a 3-4 team likes him I think he can stand up as an outside linebacker in that scheme. At some point it’s hard not to wonder if the “small school” tag is too much of a factor for folks putting together pre-draft rankings. Bass is generally an underrated prospect in my view, and this point is illustrated by the fact that he’s the 24th-ranked DE in’s rankings. Not the 24th-ranked defensive lineman – the 24th ranked DE. For my taste, that’s simply too low.

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45 Responses to “Small School Spotlight: DE David Bass (Missouri Western State)”

  1. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply


    DE Bass sounds like a nice late round sleeper…

    A guy I like in later rounds that impressed me at the combine…
    Is…DE Cornelius Washington…6′-4″…265 lbs…

    He looked like a handful coming off the edge…I will be watching to see where he goes around the 4th round area on…

  2. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Please….PLEASE !!!…

    Be “Smoke & Mirrors”…

  3. By Parody on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    So you’re not only highlighting a player who is not on any teams’ radar, you’re highlighting a position that is off of the Vikings’ radar.

    I can only guess that the next such article is going to be about some small town field goal ace.

  4. By Parody on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    OTK – Why are you so against Te’o? A year ago, every Vikings fan was looking forward to our opportunity to draft him, knowing that we’d need to be in the top 15 of the draft to even have a chance.

    Now that Te’o has some bad press about something that is completely unrelated to the game and will not affect his ability to play, everyone seems to hate the kid. I just don’t understand it.

  5. By Derrick.G on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Joe Webb is switching to WR.

  6. By Derrick.G on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

  7. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply


    I don’t hate Te’o…He is not a first round talent…
    If he goes in the second round fine…I still think that is too high for him though…

    Te’o has the media chasing him around…And that will continue…If… he is taken in the first round…That is just a given…
    That will cause locker room problems…Ask the players that were asked about Harvin’s problems everyday for the last 5 months…
    And will still be trying to find out the REAL story about what happened ???…When Harvin left…

    Te’o was horrible in the Bama game…Not just bad…

    Te’o was more interested in his “media press conference” during the combine ???…Than the combine itself…
    And his combine numbers were again- horrible…The guy is slow…And looks slow on tape…I do not see great instincts (that some seem to magically see)….

    Te’o is a 2 down LB…Does not fit our tampa 2 defense…We need a 3 down LB…That can cover the pass in zone coverages…

    Te’o made plays in college…With wide open lanes in front of him…He was swallowed up and could not shed blocks when in traffic…

    Te’o had some interceptions…Some were because he was out of position…
    Most were off of other players making big plays- tipping the ball up in the air…With Te’o just being lucky to be in the right place- at the right times…Not because Te’o made a big play…

    All these situations or problems spell BUST to me…

    The guy was making excuses of being tired at the combine…That is why he scored poorly ???…Wasn’t every LB tired at the combine doing the same thing ???…

    I think this guy has WAY more risk to him…Than rewards…imo…

  8. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Holler going on record…Te’o will be the pick…If available with pick #23 ???…

    I say no…Te’o is a smoke screen…Nothing more…

  9. By Alex on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Teo is a good solid Lb just not worth a first round pick in this draft.
    Brown seems just as safe a pick but gained weight prior to the combine and still kept his speed up which is great. I used to think Teo was better but after watching Brown I think he is better and a safer pick.

    Teo might be more a leader than Brown and also has some familiarity with some of the Notre Dame players currently on the team.
    Brown can move in space I think better than Teo and has little to no media issues that Teo will bring with his past.(not saying Teo should or shouldn’t have been pursuing an online girlfriend but that the media could be a distraction)

    Whoever is our MLB to begin the season needs to be a leader on and off the field.
    I like both overall but would rather have Brown.

  10. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Look at the pick of Te’o on the link above…

    Does that person have the look of an intimidating ILB ???…

    Looks like a guy ready to plant pretty flowers around the goal posts on the football field to me…
    Not like a MLB ready to plant a QB or RB six feet underneath it !!!…

  11. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply


  12. By DRS. on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Derrick.G, about time Webb is moved to a position where his talents can be put to use and not wasted sitting on the bench.

  13. By DRS. on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Now the Vikings can use a trick play with Webb on the field as a WR, the opponents will have to wonder, will AP run the ball, will Ponder through the ball, or will Webb get the ball and run or pass the ball. It is about time.

  14. By DRS. on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Here is a play; Ponder under center gets the Ball takes a three step drop hands off to A. P who makes a move to the right then tosses the ball back to Joe Webb and runs a out pattern, Joe Webb then pass the ball back to A.P. who then scores a TD for the fourth time, beating the GB Packers for the second time this year. SKOL Vikings

  15. By Champ Henson on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    The vikings need to determine once and for all if Ponder will be any good, and if there is any position at all suited for Webb. The quicker they make these determinations the quicker the team can move into the future. Either a guy can play or not period. No excuses, no coddling, no waiting forever.

  16. By DRS. on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Later one and all.

  17. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    The only reason I believe Frazier even mentioned Webb…And the possibility of him playing WR (again for the third time)…

    Is too possibly have some team be interested in Webb for a trade…Before the draft…Making Webb more appealing to other teams…

    I think Webb is in the same boat as Tebow…Both will be released after the draft…imo…

    There are plenty of real WR’s out there the Vikings can take a chance on developing…Why go that route again with Webb ???…
    They tried that WR stuff two times before with Webb…
    Also the Wildcat (blazer packages)…Nothing has worked…Time to move on…

  18. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

  19. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

  20. By RichardA1 on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Teo is one of the most decorated awarded football players ever to play college football at any position. He must do something right!

  21. By RichardA1 on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Webb-they say he is the best or has the most athletic ability on the team. None of it apparently can be used to help the team, bye Webb.

  22. By Champ Henson on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Hopins – I agree, there have been enough experiments with Webb and it’s time to move on. Why move a guy around every two or three years? Either he can play or he can’t and wasting year after year hoping he can develop into…..”anything” is a waste of time. He’s taking up a valuable roster spot while the coaches have no clue how to use all that “athletic ability”.

  23. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

  24. By VikeNasty on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply


    How about this trick play. Ponder takes a three step drop and hands the ball off to the best running back in the league. Then the best running back in the league carries the ball all the way into the endzone while Webb watches from the sideline.

    That’s my idea of a great trick play what do you think.

  25. By VikeNasty on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply


    I agree with your sentiment towards Webb. You are right on in your post, but I do think he is a great teamate and I wouldn’t want to see him go. That being said if MBT is the best option for the team at QB it would probably be better in the locker room to know that the team is putting the best players on the field.

  26. By northwoodsv2 on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    By Derrick.G on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply


    I don’t see anything in this article that says Webb is being switched to WR.
    Frazier merely hints at the possibility.

  27. By Mike B. on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    I think the only reason they keep Joe Webb is that he is a positive influence in the locker room. I think that WR may be the best fit for him in the future of the team. I think in a straight competition for #3 QB agaisnt MBT, Webb would lose out. The WR position is a need and we need more than a few new WR. IMO

  28. By Mike B. on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Hopkins a reminder that Spielman is a fan of the Fighting Irish and Teo is very much on his radar.

  29. By dryes on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Hopkins is right, Teo doesn’t fit our 4-3 zone coverage. too slow. in the 3-4 he played in college, he looked better because he had less responsibility and he played with a lot of energy. I don’t think his abilities will translate well to this team.

  30. By Champ Henson on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Te’o has the speed of a lineman, I hope Spielman uses his head.

  31. By Champ Henson on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

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  32. By liito on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    1. Lotulelei drops to 23rd. Trade the 25th spot to early 2nd round to get Te’O, Reid, and Woods / Patton / Hunter.

    2. Small Schools also have great players and I’m sure the Vikes’ scouts will find them.

  33. By skolpurpleandgold on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    I always saw ALOT of upside to Webb as QB but i’m afraid that playoff game sealed his fate as a QB in the NFL. And its too bad he was never thrown out there to play in those games where Ponder was playing awfull and the game was lost. He needed playing time, Maybe he would have been more comfortable in the playoff game. but when your number is called you need to rise up to the challenge. Vikings are well aware of the athlete and talent that Webb is and arent going to just dump him. They’ll use him in anyway they can. We all know he can make things happen with his legs, so run him out of the backfield like they did with Harvin. Bubble screens, and with his speed and wiggle he’d make a great WR (if he can prove that he can catch the ball) And without Harvin we need a flshy guy in KR game, he could fill that role.

    If te’o is still on the board when the Vikes pick, he’ll be holding a purple jersey. We will be better with him, he’ll fit in great with the run stop defense. I think there is a chance that the Bears will take him tho. Time will tell. Skol vikes

  34. By mexicovikingsamigo on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

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    por favor NO te’o!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  35. By Goldvike on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Why nothing on our site about Webb!!!

  36. By DRS. on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    VikeNasty, any play that would get a win over the Pack. SKOL Vikings

  37. By Frederick Jones on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    @GoldVike and PurpleSkol

    It’s simple:

    Eye of the Tiger time for Joe Webb.

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