Detroit Lions select Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU, 5th overall
- Updated: April 25, 2013
With the fifth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah out of Brigham Young. Let’s take a moment to get to know the newest Lion and see how he fits on the roster.
A native of Accra, Ghana, Ansah tried out for the BYU basketball team in 2008 and 2009. After failing both times, he joined the track team but left at the end of the 2009 season. Despite warnings from head football coach Bronco Mendenhall and other members of his staff, Ansah joined the football program for the 2010 season. A freak athelete and quick learner, Ansah earned the starting job his senior season, playing as a hybrid defensive tackle and defensive end.
How he fits in
In the wake of the departures of ends Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril, general manager Martin Mayhew takes a flyer on a boom-or bust prospect. Ansah is still raw as an end but has the potential, size, and speed to be a great defensive linemen with the right coaching. He could be Detroit’s starting defensive end Week 1 if he learns quickly; at worst, he will become a dangerous situational pass rusher. If he doesn’t take the next step from freak athlete to dependable starter, he could prove to be a major bust at No. 5 overall.
This was the right meeting of need and value for the Lions. Ansah has tremendous potential but Detroit fans must remain both wary and patient. He could take time to develop.
so do Bears fans still think Emery is a good GM? 2 very questionable 1st round picks in as many years
I think Ansah is going to be a monumental bust for detroit... Im sorry... Guy was asked what position he likes to play more a 2 pt or 3 pt stance and he said he didnt know what those were....
No football knowledge
@jwoude23 Bear Down i wouldn't mind Ogletree in GB, but i'd much rather have Williams
@jwoude23 Bear Down Reminds me of Fairley falling
Why would they need a dt?... Theybhave their 1st peaa still there and the man the myth and the legend in ther who makes raji a clown
@JVince11 Detroit is simple. Get wide and run up the field. He's an athelete
@jwoude23 Bear Down oh stop being a downer
@jwoude23 Bear Down HOF bloodlines
@jwoude23 Bear Down Better than Justin Pugh at least
@JVince11 That would actually be a good pick for them.
@Aciddragon Cause there's depth to be had.
@Aciddragon Or CB
@JVince11 pffft....good luck with that.
@JVince11 I think that's just what Atlanta did.
@Sweet melt you bitch won't get past Minny
@EvilDonkey San Fran
@JVince11 Depth with the loss of Toeiana.
@JVince11 Plus next to Suh and Fairley
@JVince11 Washburn can help him. Boom or bust for sure though.
@tmonson78 since when have the Bears wanted depth?