Columbus High’s Essang Bassey Projected 5-6 Round in the 2020 NFL Draft
BASSEY TOTALED 228 TACKLES, FIVE INTERCEPTIONS AND 45 PASS DEFLECTIONS AT WAKE FOREST
Columbus High alum, Essang Bassey, is the first person in his family to enter the NFL Draft. His brother and father are both in the medical field and his mother is a teacher. Bassey began playing football at seven-years-old and he knew he had talent. Now he’s hoping to take his cornerback skills to the NFL.
“You never know how it’s going to go this weekend, so it’s just I’m confident in how I presented myself to all 32 (teams),” said Bassey. “I just got to wait to see what happens.”
The 5’9″, 191 pound cornerback is projected to be selected in the 5-6 round according to the NFL. He participated in the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine where he ran a 4.46 40-yard dash, which is the fourteenth fastest for defensive backs in the 2020 draft. At Wake Forest he totaled 228 tackles, five interceptions and 45 pass deflections.
“It’s a testament to my consistency. Since I’ve been in college height or size never mattered to me. I just go out there and compete.”
The average height for defensive backs in the NFL is 5’11” and the average height for wide receivers is 6’1″, but Bassey’s route anticipation and short-area athleticism off coverages should help him challenge throws in his move inside to nickel or slot.
“Corner you have to be able to react. You know that’s something I’ve worked on throughout my entire career. Ever since I’ve been playing football, being able to react and change directions because receivers are high level athletes as well.”
The Wake Forest three-year starter always gives it his all, by tackling with power and entering the NFL draft as one of the best pass breakup artists. He’s always looking to make his family and the city of Columbus proud.
“The city has always been there. It’s always been something that’s been on my mind. They made me who I am and for me to represent in college and then now in the NFL it will be really big for me.”
2020 NFL Draft Schedule
Thursday, April 23: Round 1, 8 p.m. EST
Friday, April 24: Rounds 2-3, 7 p.m. EST
Saturday, April 25: Rounds 4-7, 12 p.m. EST