Columbus’ Essang Bassey Signs with Denver Broncos
CORNERBACK BASSEY PICKED UP AS UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT
Columbus High and Wake Forest alum, Essang Bassey, was projected by NFL analyst Lance Zierlein to get selected in the 5-6 round of the 2020 virtual NFL Draft, but instead Bassey has to wait until after the draft was over to get the call. Multiple teams reached out, and after about 40 minutes Bassey signed with the Denver Broncos.
“Very grateful that I get the opportunity after seeing all of those guys get picked,” said Bassey. “You know you’re just kind of hoping for a chance, and they called me. Once I saw the opportunity I made the decision and I was pretty happy with it.”
The 5’9″, 191 lb. cornerback is excited to play under Defensive Coordinator Ed Donatell, who made the call to sign Bassey.
“They like my instincts. Ability to react. Like me as a nickel guy,” said Bassey. “A guy that can come in and contribute on special teams.”
He joins a Broncos secondary with new veteran AJ Bouye, Bryce Callahan and third round pick Michael Ojemudia.
“Always good to get to go in there and learn from a vet,” said Bassey. “He’s (Bouye) from Georgia so you kind of have that connection there as well. Any guy I can go in there and learn from is a great opportunity.”
The Columbus native totaled 45 pass deflections and 5 interceptions during his career at Wake Forest. In the NFL Combine, Bassey ran a 4.46 40-yard dash, 6.95 3-cone drill, 12 bench reps, a 39.5 inch vertical and a 128 inch broad jump.
Bassey will have to learn how to play in The Mile High City, Denver, which has an elevation of 5, 280 feet.
“I’ve heard a lot about it. Just like The Mile High, but I’ve never actually really thought about playing in those conditions and working in those conditions. I guess I’ll have to see how it is when I get there.”
The Broncos have a history of undrafted players finding success, as an undrafted rookie has made the team’s initial 53-man roster in 15 of the last 16 seasons.
“This is essentially what my whole life has been leading up to, you know from Peewee up to now. I have to take full advantage of it because I’ve been working for it for so long, and I’m ready to do that.”