Ezekiel Ansah, LB
- Height: 6-foot-6
- Weight: 270 pounds
- School: Brigham Young
Perhaps the most interesting player in this draft, Ansah has the remarkable combination of size and athleticism that NFL teams drool over. A gifted, physical specimen from Ghana, Ansah was first a track star at BYU and hoped to walk onto the basketball team, but never achieved that after trying out for two consecutive years. He decided to try out for the football team instead and successfully walked on as a junior. Ansah hardly saw any action before this past season when injuries pushed him into the lineup at several positions, but mostly at defensive end. He finished with 62 total tackles - 13 for a loss - and 4 1/2 sacks with a team-high eight quarterback pressures and one interception. As explosive as any pass rusher in the draft, "Ziggy" possesses unbelievable athletic skill with all the necessary attributes to be an impact player in the NFL. Ansah's upside appears unlimited, and he figures to continue improving once he gets to work with NFL coaching staffs and legitimate trainers. A dominant performance at the Senior Bowl (7 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks) was reinforced by Ansah's brilliant display at the combine. He ran a 4.68 40-yard dash, had a 34.5 vertical jump and a broad jump of 9 feet, 10 inches - all outstanding numbers for a man of his size. Making those totals even more amazing is that unlike every other player in attendance, Ansah never trained for the combine. He chose to stay in class and never worked with an outside trainer to prepare for the event. Ansah is still extremely raw and underdeveloped, particularly his pass-rush moves which are virtually non-existent, and will need to improve his technique and fundamentals to reach his full potential. Although still something of a project, Ansah is a certain first-round pick and could be a top 15 selection.
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