Scouting The 2013 NFL Draft: DE Ezekiel Ansah

Douglas C. Pizac-US PRESSWIRE

I now present to you, DE Ezekiel Ansah, Brigham Young University.

Measurables

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 270 lbs.

40-yard-dash: 4.62 seconds

Positives

  • Is extremely quick burst off of the line.
  • Is extremely powerful as well.
  • Versatile, can line up anywhere on the line.
  • High-end motor... never stops moving, pursuing the ball.

Negatives

  • Inexperienced... has only been playing football for a brief period.
  • Pad level is inconsistent.
  • Hand placement is likely sufficient, but not ideal.
  • He is primarily a pass rusher at this point, although his run support has gotten much better, very quickly.

How He Fits (NYJ)

Ansah is one of the most exciting prospects in college football, and one of the quickest rising. He will likely be one of the top defensive players off the board because of his versatility, freak athleticism, and high ceiling. He may be off the board before the New York Jets even get a chance to make their first round selection. However, if he's still on the board, the Jets should not hesitate to grab Ansah. He's very raw, having only started playing football two years ago after moving to the United States from Ghana. However, he's an exceptionally quick learner, becoming one of the most dangerous linemen in the NCAA in only a short period. He is, to put it mildly, a freak athlete, and extraordinarily versatile. He's lined up all across the defensive line and can do it all. If there are two coaches in the NFL that can help him reach his maximum performance, it's Rex Ryan and Karl Dunbar. With a defensive line of Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, Kenrick Ellis, and Ansah, the Jets would have the best defensive line in the NFL. The line would be extremely versatile, as all the players (except maybe Ellis) would be able to play every position on the line. The combinations would be limitless for what Rex could do. With that defensive line, we would have the Sack Exchange 2.0.

Player Comparison

When I look at Ansah, I see Jason Pierre-Paul. Both were freak athletes that were extremely raw, both being new to the game of football. However, both are quick learners, have exceptional burst, strength, and versatility. Put in the wrong system, Ansah will be a bust. Put in a Rex Ryan system, he can be the playmaker that puts the defense over the edge into all-time great contention.

Round Projection

First Round.

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