Essang Bassey

CB, Wake Forest

  • Conf Atlantic Coast - Atlantic
  • Jersey #21
  • Class Senior
  • HT 5'10"
  • DOB 08/12/1998
  • WT 190 lbs



    PROS: He's got delightful ball skills. He only logged one interception last year but his awareness and ability to click and close vs. routes breaking off in front of his face is really nice. He's got smooth feet and his coverage skills with his size project favorably into a role as a nickel defender at the next level -- if he can figure out his tackling habits. Footwork is great, he's smooth in his pedal and angles himself effectively to sustain leverage on routes while keying backfield. He's got adequate long speed to play turn and run coverage as well, if he gives himself some cushion to play in space he'll have some success working into the trail position and then working eyes back to ID the football. 

    CONS: Diminutive size at a listed 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds -- those size restrictions definitely show up on tape. He'll struggle at times to stay attached at the hip to more physical receivers. His effort in run support and trying to stack blocks is problematic as well -- he's not overly physical but more importantly he's not overly interested in getting engaged in the pile. Too many reps of walking around a pile-up and not looking to work behind the pile and push to stop forward momentum. He's not always sufficient as a tackler and he does make some business decisions (FSU 2018) when he knows he's out-matched. 

    Updated: 07/25/2019