Draft Prospect: Ezekiel Ansah
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Draft Prospect: Ezekiel Ansah
Posted by blueslover on 1/10 at 1:01 pm
the more I look the more I see him being a potential consideration at #15. Think Jimmy Graham like rawness/potential but at DE. The comparisons to NYG JPP could be justified.


Some various scouting reports comments-

Ansah is originally from Ghana and had never played football in his life prior to 2010. Naturally this means he is a project and will need time to be groomed. Luckily for him, his physical tools are so obvious that he may start in his first game as a rookie.

Versatile athlete that can play all over the field with a knack for pass-rushing. Violent short burst, sharp change of direction, flexible in bending the corner. Good strength, but lacks a thick base given his long frame.

Not a great run defender since he can be pushed back. May begin his career as a pass-rush specialist only. His long arms can initiate contact and hold ground. Lack of lower half power can be driven off the ball.

Ansah is a natural athlete that brings an outstanding effort and rarely seen, almost unheard of high ceiling to the table. Could fly up draft boards after the combine or could fall slightly if teams have serious concerns about his play against the run. He projects as a first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.


Ansah is the hottest name on the draft market right now with people saying he’s going anywhere from the Top 5 to the Top 50. Ansah’s game stock is based mostly on potential and there is a lot of it. He’s a far better prospect than either Barkevious Mingo or Jarvis Jones, to me. He’s got a ceiling that no other prospect can touch in this DE class but that’s the key, this is all based on what he can be, not necessarily on what he is.

Ansah has only been playing football for three years and the growth he has shown as been remarkable. His basketball background has certainly paid dividends on the football field with his athleticism and length. However he’s still learning a lot about the game, and the next step in that will be learning more about the X’s and O’s and improving his awareness and football IQ.

There is little doubt in my mind that Ansah will be a successful defensive player in the NFL, I’m not sure what position that will be at just yet, but I don’t consider that to be a bad thing. This kid is so athletic and so good he could be successful at a myriad of positions. For the time being we’re going to leave him as a DE. He’s without a doubt going to be our top rated senior DE when the next position update comes and we’re really excited to see what he does in Mobile.


Ziggy Ansah will enter the draft with as much fanfare and differing opinions as any prospect. The hulking Ghanaian has only three seasons of football under his belt. He initially came to BYU with intentions of contributing to the track team. He then tried out for the basketball team, before finally finding his place on Bronco Mendenhall’s squad. Ansah tallied 4.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, and 9 batted passes as a senior. His defining trait is his raw power. The scary part is that he hardly seems to know how to use it. Ansah is the definition of a raw prospect, a defender who goes out each and every play can just reacts to what he sees and flies to the football. Even then, he flashes schematic understanding and gap discipline on less complicated offensive plays. He displayed the kind of schematic versatility that will endear him to all onlookers. He was utilized all over the defensive line, from a nose tackle to an edge rusher in two point stance. His skills best translate to a 5 technique in a 3-4 scheme, where he can play a J.J. Watt-type role. Because he has such a clean slate, he can legitimately translate to a 4-3 end spot with some pass rush development. Whichever team pulls the trigger will need to be patient and wait for him to develop his technique and recognition skills. If it comes as quickly in the league as it has for him at BYU, he will become a dominant force on the defensive line. The sky is truly the limit.


--definitely will be watched closely as he lines up against top notch o linemen in Mobile



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Posted by Chad504boy on 1/10 at 1:02 pm to blueslover
Eye Could Live With This.


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Posted by BarbeTiger on 1/10 at 1:08 pm to blueslover
The next JPP? I'm interested


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Posted by Curt on 1/10 at 1:32 pm to BarbeTiger
BYU players scare me. I have not gotten over Shawn Knight yet.


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Posted by St Augustine on 1/10 at 2:04 pm to blueslover
Sold. You're always taking a chance, might as well swing for the fences.

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Posted by TigerBait1127 on 1/10 at 2:07 pm to blueslover
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His basketball background has certainly paid dividends on the football field with his athleticism and length.


i want him

the bust risk is worth it for someone with that ceiling. He could be a game changer


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Posted by Fleur de Diable on 1/10 at 2:08 pm to blueslover
Yes, yes, and yes again.


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Posted by Peazey on 1/10 at 2:09 pm to blueslover
6'5" 270 lbs. Prototypical DE size. A couple of the scouting reports seem to contradict each other. The first says that he lacks power, and the last says that he just doesn't know how to use it.

One also says that he's more of a 5 technique, but he may be used as a situational pass rusher. It seems to me that 5 technique guys usually aren't exceptional as a pass rusher. He is definitely intriguing. Depending how things end up looking going forward I wouldn't mind the Saints going after him.



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Posted by baytiger on 1/10 at 2:13 pm to blueslover
so what you're saying is...

he's the Ansah?




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Posted by Chad504boy on 1/10 at 2:14 pm to baytiger
quote:

so what you're saying is...

he's the Ansah?


EZ-EK-IELy



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Posted by Brettesaurus Rex on 1/10 at 2:17 pm to blueslover
Just don't know that I want another "project." If he can come in and contribute right away, sure. But I'd really rather a proven commodity at this point if its available on the board


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Posted by saintsfan22 on 1/10 at 2:26 pm to Brettesaurus Rex
Yeah I don't want a project at 15. If we had a 2nd I'd take a chance there.


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Posted by St Augustine on 1/10 at 2:27 pm to Brettesaurus Rex
Not many proven commodities. Hell they're all unproven. Give me the guy with the sistine chapel high ceiling.

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Posted by Fleur de Diable on 1/10 at 2:42 pm to saintsfan22
Aldon Smith, JPP and Bruce Irvin were all considered projects when they came out. None were considered can't miss. Potential is a huge component in this puzzle that is the draft. What this defense is missing the most is someone that opposing offenses must account for.

I'm not saying Ansah is the only one out there who can be that person for us, but when it comes to realistic options of who might be there for us, I definitely would say his name needs to be kept in the mix.



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Posted by LooseCannon22282 on 1/10 at 2:46 pm to Peazey
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A couple of the scouting reports seem to contradict each other. The first says that he lacks power, and the last says that he just doesn't know how to use it.


Yeah scouting reports usually do that, especially with linemen.



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Posted by SaintEB on 1/10 at 5:16 pm to LooseCannon22282
BUT HE DOESN'T PLAY FOR LSU!!!


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Posted by saintsfan22 on 1/10 at 5:39 pm to Fleur de Diable
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Aldon Smith, JPP and Bruce Irvin were all considered projects when they came out. None were considered can't miss.

So? Just because they're good doesn't mean he's going to be.

quote:

I'm not saying Ansah is the only one out there who can be that person for us, but when it comes to realistic options of who might be there for us, I definitely would say his name needs to be kept in the mix.

If anything he'd be a reach at 15.


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Posted by Lsuhoohoo on 1/10 at 5:44 pm to blueslover
He's intriguing for sure. But considering the state of our defense, I'm hesitant to jump on the bandwagon of a raw "project" player. IMO if our defense was better and had more play makers, I think the FO should be more apt to take a risk like this. But coming of the season we just had, I'm not sure its worth the bigger gamble.


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Posted by Bduhon55 on 1/10 at 6:23 pm to Lsuhoohoo
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Just don't know that I want another "project." If he can come in and contribute right away, sure

I hate how people assume every guy going in the first round is going to come in a dominate. These are college kids coming to a big boy's game that is much faster and much more complex. Only ever so often do you get the freaks who immediately look good on tv and paper. All the hype in the world last year around Kerrigan when he was drafted by Washington and people saying he was a sure thing against run and pass. I barely heard his name since hes been in the league he only had 54 total tackles this year.



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Posted by saintsfan22 on 1/10 at 6:26 pm to Bduhon55
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I barely heard his name since hes been in the league he only had 54 total tackles this year.

He had 8.5 sacks



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