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Size: 6’5”, 271 pounds
Where He Played in College: 4-3 defensive end, 3-4 outside linebacker, 3-4 defensive end, 3-4 nose tackle
2012 Stats: 4.5 sacks, 62 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one interception, nine passes defensed
Potential or Proven Production: There’s very little proven production by Ezekiel Ansah’s name. His lifetime college numbers consist of just 4.5 sacks. He barely played until this past season, and even when he did play, his numbers don’t speak to how good of a player he is.
NFL Scouting Combine Performance: Ansah posted a fairly impressive 4.63 40-yard dash time. His 21 reps on the bench press weren’t particularly strong, while his 34.5 vertical leap put him in the top half of defensive linemen and linebackers.
Injury Concerns: There’s no injury history to report, which is definitely a plus for the 22-year-old.
Is He a Good Fit for the Philadelphia Eagles?
Ezekiel Ansah is a good fit for 32 of 32 NFL teams. His supreme athleticism make him likely to go in the top half of the first round. There’s a chance he could even parlay that into a top-five spot.
Ansah’s strengths are his versatility, as he can play pretty much anywhere on the defensive side of the ball. This is a player at his best when rushing the quarterback but he even lined up at 3-4 nose tackle as a collegiate athlete. That’s absolutely remarkable. Ansah is made in the mold of players like Chandler Jones or Jason Pierre-Paul, as they are pass-rushers that had limited college production but ridiculous potential.
Is He Worth the Fourth Overall Pick?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but Ezekiel Ansah would likely be the first pass-rusher in history to go in the top five with fewer than five career sacks at the college level.
He would be a tremendous addition to the Eagles though, largely because of his versatility. Chip Kelly wants to implement a 3-4 defense, and who better to add than Ansah?
Ansah can play anywhere in a 4-3 or 3-4, and he’s the kind of guy that never stops until the whistle blows. The most impressive part about Ansah is how far he’s come. He was cut from the basketball team in 2008 and 2009, tried out for the football team in 2010 even though he was extremely undersized and fragile and then added enough muscle in the weight room to turn out an incredible 2012 campaign.
It’s risky, but I would have no problem if Kelly selects Ansah fourth overall.