There were a lot of questions about Ansah's hunger for football, but there was never any doubt about his athletic ability. He displayed it all at the combine with top-10 finishes in the 40-yard dash (4.63), the vertical jump (34.5 inches) and the broad jump (118 inches). That should give you an idea of just how explosive he can be.
That being said, his draft stock is based on his potential more than the present product. Ansah has played football for just three years, and had just one standout season at BYU with 13 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks as a senior.
My good friend John Sarmento of 2MugsFF.com had the Jets picking Ansah in his latest mock draft, and had this to say about the BYU DE:
Ziggy Ansah remains in my top 10. Why you ask? Freakish ability and upside. That's the earmark of this draft. A whole lot of "what can be," and I think Ansah can be a great one.
NFL.com agrees, giving him a first-round grade of 89.5, which qualifies him as an "immediate starter."
It is amazing how far Ansah’s technique has come in such a short amount of time, not to mention how much he has transformed his body to fit the role coaches want him to play. That sizable frame coupled with outstanding closing speed and natural power will captivate many, making a top-20 selection possible. Ansah is rough around the edges, but the number of height/weight/speed athletes with positional versatility selected in that area in recent years point to a rise up draft boards.
Some might say that all this talk of freakish athleticism reminds them of Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, but NFL.com compared his game to a different Giants D-lineman, Justin Tuck. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller went with Bears defensive end Julius Peppers for his comparison of Ansah.
Either way, the Jets could be sure to address their desperate need for an edge rusher with the athletic Ansah at No. 9.