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Ziggy Ansah: I’m a lot more than an outside pass rusher

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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.

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21 Responses to “Ziggy Ansah: I’m a lot more than an outside pass rusher”
  1. green41563 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:29 AM

    “I’m a lot more than an outside pass rusher. I’m also a 38-year-old father of four.”

  2. omniscient48 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:35 AM

    I think he can fit in anywhere except an English grammar class.

  3. burnzy32 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:40 AM

    if Fishers gone I’d like Detroit to take him, no need to trade up, we need everything we can get for our picks

  4. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Apr 25, 2013 10:41 AM

    Hilarious Green! Nice job sir.

  5. bigboysmash says: Apr 25, 2013 10:47 AM

    He does look oldr than his supposed age.

  6. kennymooseandgoose says: Apr 25, 2013 10:49 AM

    JPP was extremely agile and athletic coming out of college, but also highly competitive and highly self-motivated. Watch the recent Pro Bowl, and you’ll see JPP taking pride in himself and the game, and making the LT’s earn their game check. Meanwhile, Tamba Hali gave his usual 25% effort. A lot has been said about Ziggy’s physical stature, even comparing it to JPP, but does he have JPP’s competitiveness and motivation? That’s equally important, when trying to draw these kinds of comparisons.

  7. joemammy says: Apr 25, 2013 10:50 AM

    He calls Brandon Weeden “Sonny-Boy.”

  8. jwreck says: Apr 25, 2013 11:02 AM

    kennymooseandgoose says: Apr 25, 2013 10:49 AM

    JPP was extremely agile and athletic coming out of college, but also highly competitive and highly self-motivated. Watch the recent Pro Bowl, and you’ll see JPP taking pride in himself and the game, and making the LT’s earn their game check. Meanwhile, Tamba Hali gave his usual 25% effort. A lot has been said about Ziggy’s physical stature, even comparing it to JPP, but does he have JPP’s competitiveness and motivation? That’s equally important, when trying to draw these kinds of comparisons.
    _________
    Have you watched Ansah on the field? I want him to do well, but I almost feel like he could disappoint in the NFL because he played with a higher motor than anybody else on the field every down at BYU.

    That’s in no way a shot at Ziggy, there’s nothing wrong with playing harder than anybody else, but the point is that he has every bit of competitiveness, motivation, and tenacity that Pierre-Paul has. The main difference between the two is that Ziggy Ansah seems to have sacrificed a bit of JPP’s nimbleness and quick feet for more bulk. (As in, after a season or two in the NFL weight room, he’ll have 10-15 pounds on Jason, he simply has a larger frame)

  9. nflfollower says: Apr 25, 2013 11:27 AM

    This guy is too much of a project to go at 5. But the guys mayhew usually drafts are players who say they have had no contact with the lions. Which gets me thinking…. Maybe actually sitting down with the guys you’re going to draft could slow down that Detroit police blotter…..

  10. jjthesportsguy says: Apr 25, 2013 11:53 AM

    I am not a fan of drafting for athleticism or potential, I would much rather prefer college production, but this dude is a freak…should be fun to watch regardless of where he ends up.

  11. justintuckrule says: Apr 25, 2013 11:56 AM

    I sincerely think that if Ziggy somehow falls like how Prince Amukamara did, the Giants will sprint to the podium to take him. If so, JPP/Ansah will be the defensive equivalent of Gronk/Hernandez. The pass rush alone could propel the Giants back to the SB.

  12. matzahballz says: Apr 25, 2013 12:24 PM

    Lions fan. If all 3 T’s are gone the buzz is either we take Ansah or Jordan if there or trade back. At this point, if all 3 T’s are gone I say the hell with it and take Tavon Austin. We can get a DE or T. His ability on O and ST immediately makes him a day 1 impact to start the season and no other player can bring that. Mega, Bush and Austin? This isn’t the draft from years past as you can see with all the trades last year. Go get him to create one of the most if not scariest O’s in the league. We can’t stop anyone anyways and the way the league is structure now, it’s all about scoring pts.

    Happy Holiday today to everyone! Only a fews hours away.

  13. usa98j30t4 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:28 PM

    No way this guy is as young as he says. More 34 than 24.

  14. greysolon says: Apr 25, 2013 12:29 PM

    EJ Manuel: “They want me pretty bad.”

    Ziggy Ansah: “If they want to call me, they will,”

    Ah, the wisdom which comes with age.

  15. doe22us says: Apr 25, 2013 12:33 PM

    omniscient48 says:
    Apr 25, 2013 10:35 AM
    I think he can fit in anywhere except an English grammar class.

    He probably has better command of the English language than 90% of the draft eligible players. FYI the official language of instruction in Ghana is English.

  16. dustinq says: Apr 25, 2013 12:54 PM

    The Vikings had 11 arrests in 2011, and 7 in 2012. The Bears have had 2 this offseason. Al Michael’s mug shot never showed up here. The story itself briefly lasted, and then was removed.

    But Lions arrests….front page stuff. The ACTUAL record of arrests by NFL players suggests the Lions have less than many teams, but according to the propaganda filled media, you’d never know.

    SMH.

    Read between the Lions you gullible people.

  17. classactcalvin81 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:25 PM

    Thank u Dustin Q I have been saying this but I always seem to get deleted.. And pleeease Detroit if the OT are gone TAKE TAVON AUSTIN!!!! We need another playmaker and this guy fills 3 positions that we just so happen to NEED!

  18. dowhatifeellike says: Apr 25, 2013 1:46 PM

    I want him to go to Pittsburgh so they can bogart all the guys named Ziggy.

  19. olikneves says: Apr 25, 2013 1:52 PM

    A little leary on picking Ansah. The last DE the Lions picked that was “new” to football and supposedly full of athletic potential: Ikaika Alama-Francis.

  20. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 25, 2013 2:13 PM

    Watching Ansah on video, BYU did move him all over the place and even lined him up as a nose tackle at times.

    He did a nice job of playing the run and getting to the passer too. He is strong and very quick. Looked unblockable in the senior bowl.

    I think Ansah can play OLB in a 3-4 or even a DE in a 4-3. An excellent pick for some team.

  21. fijabbersman345 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:48 PM

    dustinq says:
    Apr 25, 2013 12:54 PM
    The Vikings had 11 arrests in 2011, and 7 in 2012.

    ——————————-

    Yeah, if you want to put it that way, but more than half of those 18 arrests either didn’t end up with the arrestee being charged or were seriously minor. ALSO no repeat arrests, and a good number of those people arrested were let go once Rick Spielman took over the roster.

    Then you have the Lions, who have people like Titus Young and repeat offenders like Ndamukong Suh who seem to be too stupid to avoid making the same mistake more than once. That’s why they’re always in the news. Winning also tends to make people look the other way, which the Vikings do much more than the Lions.

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