The Detroit Lions have chosen BYU Defensive End Ezekiel Ansah as the 5th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Apparently finding a complimentary WR for Calvin Johnson or a RB that can last a whole season and be effective wasn’t important enough for them. You have to wonder how Ndamukong Suh will help to develop his new defensive teammate.
Lions DE Ansah named NFC Defensive Player of the Week
The NFL announced on Wednesday that Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 6 performance in Sunday’s 17-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings in which the Lions had eight sacks, their most since Nov. 23,1997.
Ansah, the fifth overall pick in 2013, had five tackles, three for loss, a forced fumble and a career-high 2½ sacks to earn the award for the first time.
Ansah is the second Lions player to earn the award this season after linebacker DeAndre Levy won it in Week 1.
The Lions rank first in the NFL in yards allowed per game (270.7) and points allowed per game (13.7).
With the 5th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the DETROIT LIONS select:
EZEKIEL ANSAH│DE│BYU SR (6’5” – 271bs)
STRENGTHS: Rare combination of size, athleticism and natural power. Has a long, well-distributed frame with room for additional muscle mass without a significant loss of quickness. Flashes an explosive initial punch to the offensive lineman to gain space.
Possesses rare balance that allows him to maintain his feet despite taking long-strides that gobble up space between he and the quarterback with surprising speed. Balance and surprising lateral agility is also evident in changing directions. Has good – not great – strength but very good natural explosiveness to bull rush his opponent into the pocket.
Slips off blocks when the ball-carrier is near, latching on with his long arms and big hands for the drag-down tackle. Seemed to improve nearly game to game in 2012, especially when it came to locating the football. Began to sniff out screens and draws as the season wore on, demonstrating good awareness and hustle to complement his physical traits. Already shows excellent recognition and use of hands in pass defense, getting his hands up to knock down nine passes in 2012.
Possesses significant untapped potential and is an ascending talent whose best football is ahead of him.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks elite first-step quickness off the snap. Relies too much on his speed, size and an explosive first punch to shock his opponent with his initial surge, struggling to break free if the blocker grabs a hold of Ansah’s jersey or chest plate.
GH#1BloggaNEWS: A Ghanaian makes big preseason debut in the NFL!
S/O to Detroit Lions rookie, Ghanaian, Ezekiel Ansah who intercepted (A pick 6) New Jersey Jets quarterback, Mark Sanchez pass and took it to the house for a 14 yard run in the 1st quarter. The NFL Preseason match ended with the lions beat the jets 26-17.
The 6'5 Ghanaian defensive end is an impressive player who only started playing American football 3 years ago.
“When I caught it, I was like, ‘Oh wait, the ball is in my hands. I’ve got to go that way, and I just did.” -Ezekiel Ansah, Lions defensive end
“It’s not going to stop there. I think he has a lot of great natural talent,” “He has great instincts for finding the ball and making plays.” -Ndamukong Suh, Detroit defensive tackle