PROS: Where Bassey stands out most is with his ball skills. Bassey sharply finds the football in the air and does well to play through the receivers hands to disrupt passes. He also tracks it well with his back to the line of scrimmage and stays connected with his man and he positions himself to make plays. Bassey also showcases quick, balanced footwork and fluid hips to turn and run in off man coverage. That allows him to remain in phase and be trusted to win when isolated against receivers alone in space. Illustrates good zone awareness to feel routes, cue the backfield and squeeze.
CONS: Where Bassey needs to show more consistency is trusting and developing his technique when playing on the line of scrimmage. In addition, Bassey has moments where he appears to be a reluctant tackler and is guilty of nipping at ankles instead of squaring up the ball carrier, wrapping low and bringing his feet through contact. He does have flashes of sound form tackles but he needs to be more consistent. Given his stature, his contact power and ability to redirect with his hands will always be something he has to overcome, but it's a notable limitation when projection and evaluating him to the next level. Can be overaggressive and fall victim to double moves.
BEST TRAIT - Ball Skills
WORST TRAIT - Tackling
RED FLAGS - None
Wake Forest cornerback Essang Bassey enters the NFL after starting for three seasons in college. When studying his tape, his ball skills (50 PBUs), quick feet, fluid hips and aggressive demeanor all shine. With that said, Bassey is an inconsistent tackler that has his share of lapses with technique. Bassey is likely to be a slot corner at the next level where his upside to be a prominent contributor in sub packages is modest.