A name to keep in mind: Ziggy Ansah

Looking for the next star NFL pass rusher?

You may need look no further than Saturday’s BYU-Notre Dame game.

No. 47 for the Cougars is defensive end/outside linebacker Ziggy Ansah, a former track athlete from Ghana who didn’t begin playing football until 2010. Notre Dame color analyst Mike Mayock happens to be pretty plugged-in when it comes to NFL draft prospects, and he showered some praise on Ansah during Saturday’s broadcast.

“I was on the phone today with three different NFL teams about Ziggy Ansah,” Mayock said. “6-foot-6, 270. Before the season, had little to no NFL rating. Right now, he’s the buzz of the NFL for the upcoming draft. Apparently, everybody on the West Coast, all their scouts are saying ‘Here’s a kid that’s come from nowhere and might be playing his way into the first round next April.'”

Ansah doesn’t have overwhelming college stats. Neither did Jason Pierre-Paul.

But he is a high-impact edge defender with speed, size, and mammoth upside, and Mayock happens to have a pretty good eye for talent.

“This kid is special off the edge,” Mayock said, before Saturday’s game even started. “No matter who’s coming to block him, he’s a handful.”

(Photo credit: ABC 4 Salt Lake)

23 responses to “A name to keep in mind: Ziggy Ansah

  1. Before we start comparing this kid to JPP can we please see how many cartwheels in a row he can do?

  2. But… but… The View, CNN, and MSNBC have explained over and over again that Mormons can’t be trusted or relied upon in any official capacity.

    I don’t care how much talent, intelligence and ability to turn a struggling organization around this kid might have, if the mainstream media says he can’t be trusted, you gotta keep going with the same worthless pass-rusher you’ve had for the last four seasons, right?

  3. whoisadamjones says:
    Oct 20, 2012 6:40 PM
    But… but… The View, CNN, and MSNBC have explained over and over again that Mormons can’t be trusted or relied upon in any official capacity.

    I don’t care how much talent, intelligence and ability to turn a struggling organization around this kid might have, if the mainstream media says he can’t be trusted, you gotta keep going with the same worthless pass-rusher you’ve had for the last four seasons, right?

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    Oh joy….someone brought politics into a football discussion….

    Well done whoisadamjones, well done.

  4. Gotta love the cranky little women who feel they need to drag political crap into completely unrelated forums. Just a few more weeks of flailing around like a dying animal, kid. Then it’s back to spewing more “socialism!” memes on Reddit.

  5. @whoisadamjones says: Oct 20, 2012 6:40 PM

    “But… but… The View, CNN, and MSNBC have explained over and over again that Mormons can’t be trusted or relied upon in any official capacity.”

    Jim McMahon went to BYU, and he was no more a Mormon than David Schwimmer.

  6. Sometimes stats mean nothing at the college level. then the player turns around and puts up unbelievable numbers when he enters the NFL. Sometimes players with all of the broken NCAA records enter the NFL and bomb out. Its all a huge guess and hope game. Yes, some of these Scouts do actually pick out the future NFL stars, like Adrian Peterson, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Lawrence Taylor, Bruce Smith, but outside the top 10 first round draft picks, Its anybodies guess who makes it. Sometimes even the top 10 fail, Its crazy how the hype can get so nuts and that player ends up out of the league after a couple of seasons. Luck is a big part of the Draft. More than some think.

  7. Does Jason Pierre-Paul even have overwhelming NFL stats? I could see a Javon Kearse comparison, as he played at an incredibly high level from the start of his NFL career, but JPP’s not at that level yet.

  8. whoisadamjones… Really? Got tired of spewing the same old crap as every other nut job on the Fox News blog? Had to find the smallest excuse to attempt a pitiful analogy eh? Hows that book coming along?

  9. Mayock needs to get back to talent evaluation and leave the color commentating to……well, anyone else. I didn’t think there would ever be a worse commentator than Chris collinsworth.

  10. I hope Mike mayock was at least footnoted in the story since he was the first person to report it

  11. fm31970 says:
    Oct 20, 2012 8:43 PM
    Does Jason Pierre-Paul even have overwhelming NFL stats? I could see a Javon Kearse comparison, as he played at an incredibly high level from the start of his NFL career, but JPP’s not at that level yet.

    +++++++++++

    Hey moron, JPP had 16.5 sacks and over 80 tackles last season. Those stats are pretty overwhelming unless your name is Reggie White and you’re playing in the USFL.

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