Ezekiel-Ansah

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NFL 2015 Sack Leaders

  1. J.J. Watt - 17.5
    DE Texans
  2. Khalil Mack - 15.0
    DE Raiders
  3. Ezekiel Ansah - 14.5
    DE Lions
  4. Carlos Dunlap - 13.5
    DE Bengals
  5. Chandler Jones - 12.5
    DE Patriots*
  6. Muhammad Wilkerson - 12
    DE Jets
  7. Whitney Mercilus - 12
    LB Texans
  8. Geno Atkins - 11
    DT Bengals
  9. Von Miller - 11
    OLB Broncos
  10. Kawann Short - 11
    DT Panthers

*w/Patriots as DE in 2015; currently w/Cardinals as OLB

Who can break former DE Michael Strahan’s single season sack record of 22.5? A few who could pictured here:

  • Broncos Von Miller 18.5 (2012)
  • Rams Aaron Donald 11.5 (2015)
  • Raiders Kalil Mack 15 (2015)
  • Lions Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah 14.5 (2015)
  • Texans J.J. Watt 20.5 (2012 & 2014)
  • Bengals Carlos Dunlap 13.5 (2015)

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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. 

The CLEVELAND BROWNS are on the clock.

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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

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Ziggy is truly incredible! He’s only played football for three years and now he’s a top 10 pick in the upcoming NFL draft.