Thursday, April 25, 2013

Player Evaluation - Ezekiel Ansah

By Mat McWhorter

Matt Geiger Final Mock
Justin Worsley Final Mock 
2013 Fan Mock Draft  

Ezekiel Ansah - Defensive End / Rush Linebacker - BYU

Height: 6'5"
Weight: 271
Arm Length: 35 1/8"
Hand Length: 10 1/4"
40 Yrd Dash: 4.56
20 Yrd Dash: 2.66
10 Yrd Dash: 1.62
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 21
Vertical Jump: 34 1/2
Broad Jump: 09'10"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.26
3-Cone Drill: 7.11

Positives: He is an ascending talent with an absurd amount of untapped potential. His combination of natural size, athleticism, explosion and strength will make just about any coach drool. He shows a lot of balance when trying to fight off the block as well as regains it quickly when a blocker tries to knock him off balance when rushing the passer. He showed a lot of awareness in getting his hands into passing lanes when he was unable to make it to the quarterback and possessed an impressive motor. He has the versatility to line up all over a defense as he was utilized at BYU as a defensive end, defensive tackle, stand up rush linebacker (From every linebacker spot), and occasionally even as a nose tackle.

Negatives: Has only played football for 2 years and initially was hesitant to enroll in the program because of his concerns over the amount of contact in the game of football. His commitment to the game isn't very clear as he only pursued it after 2 attempts to play on the BYU basketball team. He is a very raw prospect that lacks a lot of refined technique which allows him to be handled by players with solid fundamentals despite being outmatched athletically. He only had one full season as a starter at BYU and he was used all over the field to create mismatches in order to be more of an effective player. He is way too quick to fall back on his athleticism and doesn't hand fight the way you would like to see from a top prospect, often looking lost if his initial surge/move is neutralized. Not much of a run defender at this point. He's either very disruptive or a non-factor play to play.

Conclusion: Scouts will be quick to make comparisons of Ezekiel to the Giants Jason Pierre-Paul considering a lack of productivity they both had when coming out but the immense potential both have. As time went on during the season, Ansah began to develop more of a feel for the game and improved his instincts. If he can continue to develop a nose for the football and learn to effectively string counter-moves together a long with developing more feel for the blockers momentum and use it against him, he could be one of the best defensive ends in this class. He projects as a 4-3 defensive end as well as a rush outside linebacker.

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