It was a wild week at the Senior Bowl for BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.
The 270-pounder was the talk of the Senior Bowl as practices got underway, with many pundits comparing Ansah to Jason Pierre-Paul, including radio host David Newberry.
The JPP comparisons will not go away for Ezekiel Ansah. His wingspan is 82' 3/8
— David Newbury (@newbury1310) January 21, 2013
In fact, early in the week Bleacher Report's Matt Miller predicted that Ansah could go as high as fifth overall to the Detroit Lions.
Lions getting an up close look at Ezekiel Ansah. He'll be in play if available at #5.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 23, 2013
However, once practices got going much of that hype died down, with Ansah struggling to shed blocks with any consistency.
Ezekiel Ansah lacks variety and polish as a pass rusher. In no way was he able to separate himself from other DEs present. #SeniorBowlSOUTH
— Ryan Lownes (@ryanlownes) January 25, 2013
The game was a different story. Ansah was a disruptive force in the South's win, but Bleacher Report NFL draft analyst Dan Hope remarked that one good exhibition game didn't erase what he's taken away from Ansah's practice reports and watching him on tape.
Ezekiel Ansah's hype is growing by the play. He's having a fantastic game, but one all-star performance won't change my evaluation much.
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) January 26, 2013
According to the NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah Ansah's up and down week has created a deal of dissension in the scouting community.
Following a huge Senior Bowl game, NFL execs are still split on Ziggy Ansah. One guaranteed he's a top 10 pick, another told me he's 2nd rd
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 28, 2013