5th Overall Selection
6'5", 271 pounds
Ansah was a needs selection as the Detroit Lions lost both of their defensive ends Avril (Seahawks) and Vanden Bosch (released).
Ansah has good speed and has a assortment of power moves to get past opposing offensive lines. The hard part for Ziggy Ansah, will be the constant comparison to Avril for majority of the season.
Avril was a 10-sack per season defensive end, and Ansah has some large shoes to fill if he's going to make it in Detroit.
Ansah gives the Lions a balanced rush on any set of defensive downs. He can disrupt passing plays in the backfield, and he also can fill the running lanes too.
He is only one side of a four-man equation, but lining him up next to Suh and Fairley alone makes the defensive line very formidable to opposing teams and their preparations before playing the Lions.
All I heard from Lions fans was "they better select corner back Dee Milliner," and while Milliner would have secured the secondary, his injury was too much of a concern to be a top five pick. Every week I stuck to my guns that the best pick was Ziggy Ansah, and now the Lions' defensive line looks very promising.
As I stated above, I had Ansah as the pick the entire offseason, and the Lions made an excellent selection. Where his speed is a bit slower than Avril, his overall strength vs, his size makes him actually more of a threat on defensive downs.
Ansah has the tools, in addition to an already solid interior defensive line, he could become a Pro Bowl defensive end and potentially the Defensive Rookie Of The Year. Ansah, Fairley, and Suh... talk about one tough defensive line!