Thursday, November 28, 2013

Lust for Lions: Ezekiel "Ziggy Pop" Ansah emerges as a potential elite defensive end

After starting less than half of a season in college at BYU, the Lions drafted Ezekiel Ansah on potential after a strong week of practice and his dominant performance at the Senior Bowl.

Don't let Ezekiel Ansah's looks fool you...dude's a beast on the field.

So far, he's shown enough to earn the label as Detroit's new "Ziggy Pop."

Lust for Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit's new "Ziggy Pop!"
-A half sack in his first game?
Not bad.

-A sack and a forced fumble called back due to an unrelated penalty in his second game? 
That was bad luck.

-Seven tackles, two sacks and a tackle for a loss in his third game? 
Bad ass!

-Disappearing from the stat line in games four through eleven?
That was just bad.

-Four sacks in games eleven and twelve?
Now that was badly needed.

While he doesn't have much in the way of formal football training or coaching, what Ziggy Ansah does have is size, speed and an incredible knack for finding the football.

And after twelve regular season games, it looks like it's safe to say that Detroit has found a keeper with the #8 overall pick of the 2013 draft, which is big news for the Lions as they try to sure up their defense for 2014 through the draft.

The Lions, like any team, could still use another pass rusher. Fortunately, Ansah's development as an elite pass rusher can free up their first round pick to address other pressing needs, such as a lock down corner.

Not only would someone like Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard improve the Lions pass coverage, but he's someone who's demonstrated the ability to blitz from the slot, which is a skill-set that Detroit has sorely lacked. 

And if Ansah is the answer at defensive end that can afford them that luxury, the Lions just might be able to add a little more pop to their defense.