Ezekiel Ansah had no idea his path would lead to the NFL. A native of Ghana, he attended BYU as a member of the track team and wanted a chance at the NBA.
During 2008 and 2009 tried out for the basketball team, but was unable find a spot.
As a sophomore, he joined the BYU football team and by his senior season he had zero starts and only a total of 10 tackles.
Now, Ziggy as they call him, could be one of the top picks in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Ansah had 62 tackles, including 13 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks in 2012.
His ability to line-up in multiple positions increased his stock. There were times BYU lined him up as a stand-up rush linebacker, defensive end, and even a nose guard.
According to NFL.com his best comparison is to New York Giants defensive end, Justin Tuck.
It is amazing how far Ansah’s technique has come in such a short amount of time, not to mention how much he has transformed his body to fit the role coaches want him to play. That sizable frame coupled with outstanding closing speed and natural power will captivate many, making a top-20 selection possible. Ansah is rough around the edges, but the number of height/weight/speed athletes with positional versatility selected in that area in recent years point to a rise up draft boards.
FootballsFuture has Ziggy as the second overall pick in the draft to the Jacksonville Jaguars;
Ansah’s rise has been one of the larger ones in recent memory. With the Jags need for help on the edge, Ansah makes a lot of sense here. He has tremendous potential, and his blend of freakish physical gifts and work ethic should allow him to come close to reaching it.
WalterFootball has him going to the Detroit Lions;
The Lions need defensive end help with Kyle Vanden Bosch getting cut and Cliff Avril entering free agency. If they can’t get any pressure on the quarterback, Aaron Rodgers is going to continue to shred their secondary, no matter who is starting back there. The coaching staff had a close look at Ezekiel Ansah at the Senior Bowl and is reportedly smitten with him. Ansah’s potential makes him a candidate to be chosen No. 5 overall.
While Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball has him being selected by the San Diego Chargers;
San Diego has to improve its pass rush, and Ansah could form a nice duo with Melvin Ingram. Many are raving about the potential of the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Ansah. The senior totaled 62 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, nine passes broken up, one forced fumble and one interception in 2012. He exploded this season after recording a grand total of only 10 tackles as a junior and sophomore. There is no doubt that Ansah has a great combination of size, speed, strength and athletic ability. He looks like this year’s version of Chandler Jones or Jason Pierre-Paul. Both those players had little college production, but are great athletes who flew up draft boards.
A number of NFL teams could use a player with his versatility, but the question remains, is he worth the hype?