Breaking Down Ziggy Ansah’s Progress Early in His Rookie Season

September 25, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Many eyebrows were raised when the Detroit Lions selected Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah with their first-round pick in the NFL draft last April. Even though his athletic abilities are tantalizing, using the fifth overall pick on a player with Ansah's limited football experience was a very risky proposition.
A lot of pundits expected Ansah to struggle early in his career. After all, he started just one season at BYU and did not play one down of football until 2010.
I was one of those skeptical of how quickly he could make a positive splash in the NFL. In fact, I noted his shortcomings in a RealGM Football predraft column just after his Senior Bowl practice session wrapped.
As he showed on film, Ansah is quite literally clueless on the field. His hands are all over the place. I’ve not seen any actual viable pass rush moves all week, save for one freakishly quick rip move where he torched the tackle to the inside and closed on the QB before he had a chance to react....

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