• Lions Pick DE Ezekiel Ansah From BYU With Fifth Pick

    Summary of 8 articles · Updated Apr 27, 2013
    The Lions looked to shore up their pass rush with their first pick in the NFL Draft, as the team took BYU DE Ezekiel Ansah with the fifth overall pick. Ansah only began playing football in 2010 after trying out twice for the BYU basketball team. When no suitable trade arose, the Lions pivoted to Plan B: BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah , a potentially dominant pass-rusher whose story is one of the most amazing in recent draft history. Almost unknown in NFL draft circles when the college season began, Ansah recorded a grand total of 4.5 sacks last season at BYU. A native of Ghana who signed on with BYU as a member of the track team and with aspirations of one day turning his unique combination of size and athleticism into a chance at the NBA, Ansah entered the 2012 season completely off the radar of NFL scouts. Under Mayhew, the Lions haven't shied away from drafting players who don't fit the profile we're expecting. Allen Park A week before the Senior Bowl in late January, Jim Schwartz didn't know Ziggy Ansah's name. Flashes an explosive initial punch to the offensive lineman to gain space. Allen Park Would the Lions have preferred one of the can't-miss left tackles to still be on the board when they picked at No. 5 on Thursday? When they weren't, would the Lions have preferred to trade down? We may never know.
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    • New Lion Ziggy Ansah delivers a few zingers

      When his football career is over, new Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah can fall back on his degree in actuarial science, one of the top-paying fields in the U.S. Or, based on his introductory press conference, Ansah could start a comedy tour.
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    • Ziggy Ansah arrives in Lions' den after long journey

      The focus for Ansah when he headed from Ghana to Brigham Young University in Utah was his education, but for someone with his physical makeup, he was confident he could have a career in athletics.
      Source: detnews.com
    • Ziggy Ansah’s mom was hoping a team in Utah would draft him

      The cutest story of the NFL draft may come from the mother of Lions first-round draft pick Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, who traveled from her home in Ghana to New York City to be there with her son. Ansah had never seen a game of American football before he
    • Ezekiel Ansah: Big swing with game on line

      And so, in the end, the Detroit Lions never got a chance to tell us how they feel about their left tackle situation. When their No. 5 overall pick arrived Thursday night, all three of the 2013 draft's elite left tackles were already off the board in unp…
      Source: ESPN.com

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