2013 Draft Prospect Profile: Ezekiel Ansah

Welcome to our 2013 Draft Prospect Profile series, written by Rob Quinn. Rob is putting together quick, digestible summaries for highly publicized discussed prospects, prospects that interest him, and prospects that interest YOU.

If there’s someone out there who has piqued your interest and you want to know a little but more about him before April rolls around, get at Rob and request he put a profile together. You can email him at RQUINN619@billsmafia.com with a request.

The series isn’t Bills-centric necessarily; however, when the occasion calls for it, Rob will include thoughts on how a player might impact the Bills were they to draft him. But overall, the goal is to educate you on some of the names you’ll hear called in April.

Ezekiel Ansah: DE/OLB, BYU (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
Ezekiel Ansah: DE/OLB, BYU
(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah
6‘6“ 270 lbs
Defensive End/ Outside Linebacker
Brigham Young Cougars

Ezekiel Ansah is one of the most intriguing prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft. He moved to America from Ghana, Africa, and was originally recruited as a soccer player and a track athlete before getting noticed by the BYU coaching staff. In 2010, his sophomore year, he joined the football team, and had to learn everything about the game, even needing help to put his pads on. He developed very quickly, and was a full-time starter by 2012. He has a high ceiling for growth, and looks like a potential superstar in the making.

The Good
Ansah is a large, powerful athlete that is extremely versatile. The BYU coaching staff played him everywhere, from defensive end, to outside linebacker, nose tackle, and defensive tackle. He’s very strong and is quite the hitter. His tackling skills have improved every season, and he’s proved that he accepts coaching to get better. Ansah uses his long arms to his advantage when taking on offensive lineman, and packs a powerful punch while shedding blocks. He’d be the perfect “hybrid” player, as he has the athleticism to play almost anywhere in the front seven. Ansah’s ceiling for improvement is so high, as it’s clear that he’s gotten better and better each time he takes the field.

The Bad
Ansah’s only played football for three years, and it’s clear that he’s a project. He displays very poor technique, as he generally runs into people, rather than wrapping up ball carriers. He plays very high, almost completely upright at times, which can get him pushed around by more physical blockers. His inexperience results in a lower football IQ and awareness level than some other more polished prospects, which will turn some teams off.

How He Impacts The Bills
The Bills do have a need at the defensive end position opposite Mario Williams, and Ezekiel Ansah will probably be exclusively used as a pass-rush specialist early on in his career. However, with Mike Pettine’s hybrid defense coming to Buffalo, Ansah could be coveted due to his ability to play at multiple positions. However, with the Bills needing complete players that can immediately impact the team, they may shy away from a developmental prospect like Ansah.

NFL Player Comparison
Jason Pierre-Paul

Projected Draft Position
Top 25 pick

Be sure to follow Robert on Twitter, and discuss all things Bills and NFL Draft! @RQuinn619