Matt LaPan

Comparing Draft Prospects To NFL Players

Created on Mar. 17, 2013 12:48 PM EST

Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah and Chandler Jones

Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah came to the U.S. to play soccer at BYU, but discovered American football and was hooked. Ansah has since solidified himself as one of the most intriguing draft prospects in the 2013 class. His combination of size, speed and strength make him a NFL coach's dream. Combining a frame that has a lot of room to add muscle with long arms and an athletic gives Ansah position versatility. Ansah be drafted by a 4-3 team as a defensive end or as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. At either position, Ansah displays skills that any pass rusher will need: great hand strike, top-end speed and a natural ability to get to the ball. 

Ansah's story may be unique but his game is shockingly similar to 2012 first-round draft pick Chandler Jones, who was selected by the Patriots. Like Ansah, he described as "raw," but Jones played his rookie season as a 4-3 defensive end after adding nearly 20 pounds during the offseason. He showed a natural ability to get to the ball, coupled with an impressive array of pass rush moves for a rookie. 

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