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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Alla Cedric Assez, CB, University of West Georgia

Alla Cedric Assez the long and physical CB from the University of West Georgia recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.

• Name: Alla Cedric Asseh 
• Height: 6’1
• Weight: 192
• Position: CB/Nickel 
• College: West Georgia 
• Twitter: CedricAsseh 

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

•  My hometown is Abidjan, Côte D’ivoire; what I love most about it is the community atmosphere all over everyone cares for one another along with the beautiful weather and competitive soccer games that always went on no matter the street or city you were in. 

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

• Strength & Conditioning at number one, reason being your body is your business in this game & you need to be ready to perform not only in games but also practice which requires you to go hard everyday in that weight room to make sure your body lasts. Second would be practice because that’s where you go to not only get better at your craft but also get all of your mistakes out .  At third film study which is something you do at all times or should do whenever you’re out of practice but with film the reason why I have it at #3 is because you have to practice first to go over the film of that practice and see what you did or didn’t do well . Of course you’re expected to study opponents also prior to any and every game because your mind needs to be sharp but without proper preparation of your body in the weight room & practice what you see on the film won’t matter because you won’t be able to perform at your best. 

What do you worry about, and why?

• I personally try to not worry about much because majority of the things we as human beings tend to worry about are usually out of our control so I try my best to stay focused on what I’m able to control and that attitude has kept me even keel & worry free. 

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

•  Having to transfer would be an example of me failing at something and overcoming that failure because no one ever has it in their head heading to college that they will transfer, always envisioned myself breaking receiving records and leaving out early for the draft but God had a different plan and when things didn’t go the way I had it planned and I failed I had to stay level headed remember who I was and what I was capable of and put the work in to go to another location and be the best version or player of myself that hadn’t been seen yet. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

•  Non stop work ethic and dedication to the game; besides being a grinder I’m also a great friend and ears for those in need. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

•  Played a lot of great and good players throughout my career but always went in each game worried about my team and my performance so the opponents names never really stuck in my head. 

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

•  Definitely a soccer player that’s what I grew up loving in Africa and really what I devoted all my time and talent towards growing up just so happened we moved to an area where there was no way for me to get on a club so I adjusted to the culture. 

Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?

•  Room because that’s the foundation and where you wake up, followed by desk because that’s your work space and still inside of the house and car third because that’s the next thing you can get to or clean once you get out of the house; but definitely have to start with what’s there in-front of you first. 

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

•  Although the proper answer would be three strangers I feel like as human beings with emotional attachments to the ones we love we would all go with the family member. 

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

•  I would say Martin Lawrence on the show Martin because that’s an all time classic on the comedy list and I would love to be in his shoes during that show. 

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

•  Biggest adversity would be a tie between moving to America at 11 years old and making that big adjustment and having my daughter in the 9th grade but with both situations I stayed true to myself and kept grinding & always remembered what the bigger picture was. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

•  Playing with goggles my senior year of high school at the time I thought I was hot stuff but looking back on the pictures it wasn’t the greatest swag move, haha! 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

•  4th Quarter game again Cincinnati they were driving in a red zone to tie the game up I recognized a formation knew what was coming based off splits communicated with my safety that I was going to pass up my guy and go where the ball was going and went and made the interception. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

•   Gunna: Get it if you want it 

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

•  My brain would be number one, I have a great feel for the game and what an opponent is trying to do not only that but also picking up a playbook on the fly ; and if I had to pick another I would say my speed because that’s something that can help you a lot not only at the cornerback position but also on special teams. 

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

•  I believe in God so I feel like everything happens for a reason & id rather honor those that are gone or brought up by him rather than think about bringing them back. 

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

•  “The Main Event “ or “T.M.E”

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

•  As a Cornerback only right that I side with another and I feel like AJ Bouye is pretty slept on or doesn’t receive as much hype like a lot of the other corners in the league but he’s respected and that’s all that matters. 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• I would rather be respected because it means my game is worth something, I’m in this game to be the best not the most liked. 

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

•  Antonio Brown because he’s arguably the best receiver in the league if not one of the most productive in his era and I could only imagine what it would feel like going from the being the best in the world to having to sit out a year and having everyone try to make a story out of your life.  

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

•  Hate to Lose 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

• My mother & children because they are my motivation no matter what I know I always have them and they’ve always been there through the ups and downs to push me and motivate me to strive for greatness. Having my daughter as a 9th grader propelled me to different state of life and mindset ; went from teen to adult which meant I had to make sure the one I brought into the world had it better than I had so I cut out all the fun and focused on my grind since the age of 14-15. 

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