In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2013 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on April 25th.
We continue the series with a scouting report of BYU’s defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah.
Name: Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah
Weight: 271 LBS
Position: Defensive End
Perhaps no player in this year’s draft has the upside of Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah.
That being said, there probably isn’t a prospect as raw as the BYU defensive end either.
Believe it or not, Ansah has only played two seasons of football. In fact, he had never even seen a game on television until he moved from Ghana to the United States to attend college. After trying out for basketball and participating in track at BYU, he transitioned to football. He played sparingly as a junior, amassing just 10 tackles, mostly on special teams. But in his lone season as a starter the following year, Ansah notched 62 tackles, with 13 going for a loss, and 4.5 sacks. He also chipped in with nine pass breakups, one forced fumble and one interception.
Now, with teams looking for the next Jason Pierre-Paul, a raw prospect out of South Florida who quickly turned into one of the most feared defenders in the game once he properly learned the game, Ansah has turned a lot of heads heading into the NFL Draft. Many argue that from a pure athletic standpoint, his combination of speed, strength and quickness is unrivaled in this year’s crop of players. That athleticism was on full display at February’s combine as he continued to impress NFL scouts across the board.
Ansah might not produce immediate dividends in the NFL as he needs time to properly learn the game. Right now, he is excellent in the passing game but struggles against the run, so some expect him to chip in right away in pass rush situations. But given time to develop and study with coaches and fellow professionals, Ansah has a legit chance to wind up one of the premier players from the 2013 Draft down the road.
40-yard Dash: 4.63
Bench Press: 21 reps
Vertical Jump: 34.5 inches
Broad Jump: 118.0 inches
20-Yard Shuffle: 4.26
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