BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah never played football at any level until he was persuaded to give the sport a try in 2010. He immediately showed off great burst and speed for his size, and he’s viewed as a raw talent but the kind of guy who might be good enough at going and getting the quarterback to justify a Top 5 pick.
Ansah told the Detroit Free Press that he likes seeing the mock drafts that have the Lions taking him fifth overall, but he disputes the notion that he needs to play for a team that runs a wide-nine scheme like the Lions. Ansah says he can fit in any defense, for any team.
“I think I can fit anywhere, it don’t matter. Play head up on a tackle and stop the run, play outside [in a five technique] or rush the quarterback from a nine. It just depends on the team I’m going to be on and how they want to use me,” Ansah said.
Ansah said the Lions haven’t contacted him at all since the Senior Bowl. Whether that means they’re not interested or it means they’re very interested and trying to hide their interest remains to be seen.
“If they want to call me, they will,” Ansah said.
In Ansah’s view, it doesn’t matter which team takes him: He can contribute anywhere.