Lions Draft Capsule: DE Ziggy Ansah

Lions Draft Capsule: DE Ziggy Ansah
March 7, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Scott Krinch

Ezekiel 'Ziggy' Ansah (DE), BYU

6-5 | 271 lbs.

2012 Stats:

62 tackles, 13 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 6 QBH, INT, FF

Selected by:

Detroit Lions (1st round, 5th overall)


Ansah's combination of size, power and athleticism is unmatched by any defensive end in the current Draft class. Ability to shed blockers at the line of scrimmage using strong initial contact that pushes his opponents back. Shows agility and balance in the open field when zeroing in on running backs. Ansah shows the knack for getting his hands up in the passing game, swatting down nine passes in 2012. Initially enrolled at BYU to play track and with only a few years of football under his belt, the sky is the limit for the native of Ghana.


Sometimes relies too much on his speed and athleticism instead of technique when trying to rush the quarterback. Must show more consistency when engaged by blockers, tends to struggle trying to break free. Shows fatigue and lack of stamina after a few plays. Ansah could be the biggest "Boom" or "Bust" prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Fit for the Lions: 

Ansah has tremendous potential with his massive frame and great athleticism. He could slide in and start immediately for the Lions with the departures of Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch. Coach Jim Schwartz said recently that he doesn't see Ansah as a project and that he will have every opportunity to get the starting job for Week 1.