The latest draft boards show Gang Green possibly pursuing Brigham Young pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah. Ansah is the latest hybrid pass rusher with freakishly impressive athletic ability. Both Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson prove to be steady pass rushers, but the Jets need to find a standout edge players. Is Ansah the option... let's take a look.
According to the NFL Draft website, Ansah is graded at an 89.3. He is listed at 6'6'' 270 lbs, and has excellent length. Originally from Ghana, Ansah tried out for the BYU basketball team in 2008 and 2009. Ansah joined the track team and transitioned to football.
Ansah has a strong work ethic and has added size to his frame over time. By senior year Ansah filled out and earned a role as defensive end/outside linebacker. He stood out with 13 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. He broke up nine passes, forced one fumble, and intercepted a pass.
NFL Draft insiders have been quoted saying that the combo of size and speed that Ansah brings is "unparalleled". Ansah delivers the blow to the blocker with force. He can track down the ball carrier in the back field with his vision. He sheds blocks at the line and pursues the play quickly. He is a student of the game who has studied and used techniques well. He has a low pad level for a bigger player.
Ansah fatigues very quickly and needs to improve his stamina. Once he tires out his pursuit drops dramatically. Although he has studied technique, he needs to better learn it so it becomes more natural. At times he allows his technique to remove him from the play.
He "hand fights" at the line at times instead of bull rushing blockers to create backfield confusion. He's a gamble at times and needs to work on consistent top level play. He has a high ceiling and lots of room for improvement. He needs to have consistent low pad level and rely more evenly on football knowledge and size.
Ansah is an intriguing prospect with an NFL ready body and moldable football mind. With hard work he can improve on stamina. Is he worth a top ten pick? That's up for grabs really... he can be a hit or miss. He hasn't played football for a very long time, but don't let that deter you. He has a passion to get better and has the tools to do so. What do you think about Ansah? Sound off below.