Ezekiel Ansah   #94 DE

Height: 6-5   Weight: 275   Age: 29

Born: 5/29/1989 Accra Ghana

College: Brigham Young

Experience: 6th season

High School: Presbyterian Boys Secondary School [Legon, Ghana]









Draft 2013

Pick No.5

Selected By: Detroit Lions

Round: 1

Pick (Overall): 5 (5)

Pick Analysis: Athleticism and potential are not buzzwords often associated with BYU prospects in recent years. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall would likely admit he stumbled into defensive end Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah (pronounced Ahn-saw). A native of Accra, Ghana, Ansah tried out for the basketball team in 2008 and 2009. After failing both times, he joined the track team but left and joined the football program in 2010 despite warnings from Mendenhall and his staff. The then-sophomore conceded to being worried of how much contact occurred in a football game and noted he always considered his body "a delicate flower."

After switching sports, Ansah worked through winter training, where he gassed out after nearly every drill. However, with a strong work ethic and added bulk to his thin frame, Ansah earned the trust of coaches and continued to practice with the special teams units through the 2011 season. In 18 games, Ansah accumulated a total of 10 tackles (the majority on special teams), one pass breakup, and one credited quarterback hurry. Despite still not being on scholarship entering his senior season, Ansah bulked up to nearly 270 pounds in an effort to learn two defensive roles, outside linebacker and defensive end. He lined up at defensive end in a three-man front, outside linebacker in a four man front, and even some snaps at three technique or nose tackle on third downs. Finally, in his one season as a full-time starter, Ansah tallied 62 tackles, 13 for loss, including 4.5 sacks. The versatile defensive lineman added nine pass breakups, one forced fumble, and one interception while lining up as a rush outside linebacker, defense end and defensive tackle.


Video Playlist

  1. Is Ezekiel Ansah a top-10 talent?

    Published: March 28, 2013 at 06:18 p.m.

    BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is one of the biggest risk vs. reward prospects in the draft. Draft experts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis reveal whether they think he's worthy of a top-10 pick.

  2. BYU DE Ziggy Ansah pro comparison

    Published: March 18, 2013 at 04:52 p.m.

    Ultra-athletic BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah reminds Bucky Brooks of another physical marvel who currently plays in the NFL.

  3. 2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Ezekiel Ansah

    Published: Feb. 25, 2013 at 07:00 a.m.

    Watch Brigham Young defensive end Ezekiel Ansah run the 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

  4. 2013 Combine workout: Ezekiel Ansah

    Published: Feb. 26, 2013 at 03:00 a.m.

    Watch BYU DE Ezekiel Ansah work out at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

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