For The Third Time In Four Years The Detroit Lions Go Defensive Lineman
The Detroit Lions are clearly building a team from the trenches with drafting Ziggy Ansah the defensive end out of BYU with the fifth pick of the draft. With the selection the Lions have drafted a defensive lineman three out of the past four years, and a lineman in all four as they grabbed an OT in last year’s draft. Ansah brings a lot of versatility to the Lions defense as he has lined up at linebacker , defensive end, and defensive tackle.
Ziggy Ansah is a 6’5, 271 lb defensive end with absolutely crazy foot speed and initial contact with his hands at the line. His technique is great for a rookie coming into the league so he has shown a great ability to be coached up and will surely benefit from NFL level coaching and strength training.
Ansah started out in basketball where he failed to make the college b-ball team twice and moved to track. He later would drop track in an attempt to try out football, and at first was concerned with the contact and physicality of the sport. He would go on to fit the sport great and in his only year as a full time starter at BYU, Ansah made 62 tackles , 13 of which for a loss, 4.5 sacks, broke up nine passes, forced a fumble , and made an interception.
Ziggy Ansah is still very rough around the edges being very new to the sport , but with how far he has come in so short of a time he has tremendous upside. He also has a great start with playing next to defensive tackles Suh and Fairley who could create him a lot of space to work with.
This pick could pay off big for the Lions if Ziggy Ansah turns into the athletic pass rusher the Lions hope he will. If he does Detroit could very well have one of the most formidable and young lines in the league.
40 yard dash : 4.63 seconds
Bench Press: 21 reps
Vert Jump: 34.5 inches
Broad Jump 118 inches
Three Cone Drill: 7.11 seconds
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.26 seconds
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