Detroit follows Bears, Packers for pass rusher

Detroit follows Bears, Packers for pass rusher
April 25, 2013, 8:15 pm
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The Detroit Lions used their first-round pick in the 2013 draft to bring in someone to dance with new Bears left tackle Jermon Bushrod.

The Lions used the No. 5 overall pick to select BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah, after the top three offensive tackles were taken.  Detroit lost both defensive ends – Cliff Avril to Seattle, Kyle Vanden Bosch released outright – this offseason and started on a rebuilding program for their pass rush.

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Ansah is a gamble. He is 6-5, 267 pounds, and a 24-year-old rookie who did not start until his senior season at BYU, when he started nine games and had the first 4.5 sacks of his three-year college career.

The move kept the Lions in step with the division. The Bears used their No. 1 last year to select Shea McClellin as a versatile edge rusher and the Green Bay Packers followed that by drafting USC defensive end Nick Perry.

Pro Football Weekly draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki was less than glowing in his assessment: “Could take time in the NFL before the light comes on.”

With the Lions putting up only one winning season in Jim Schwartz’s four as Detroit coach, Schwartz needs the light to come on early and bright.