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By now, everyone knows the back-story on Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah. The Cliff Notes version outlines a raw, overtly athletic edge-rusher prospect that is still learning the game of football as a native of Ghana and converted track star.
The most common word used in describing Ansah is "potential."
Ansah will one day be a player at the NFL level, and many were convinced after addressing him at the combine that he will be a locker room favorite as well.
Pick No. 5 pricing is too rich for my blood, though. Let's look at the teams who may take Ansah in the Top 5:
1. Kansas City Chiefs—Can't see it with the personnel KC currently has manning the edges. Much greater needs elsewhere.
2.Jacksonville Jaguars—Likely the second-best option in the Top 5, and if Ansah were drafted here, it would be a coup for anyone who bought in at pick 5 value. The issue is new Jags GM David Caldwell told us at the combine he would be drafting for need—not taking the best player available, which was the mantra of most every other GM.
New HC Gus Bradley said the "Leo End" is a vital position in his defensive scheme and that the closest option they have currently on the roster appears to be Jason Babin. The Leo needs to be versatile enough to play both in a 5-technique and standing up depending on the front like Charles Haley used to as the "elephant" end in San Francisco. This makes me think more about Dion Jordan or Barkevious Mingo.
3. Oakland Raiders—Should take Dee Milliner or a interior lineman who can pass rush such as Star Lotulelei. If they trade Carson Palmer, it is also likely they may target Geno Smith.
4. Philadelphia Eagles—Not happening.
5. Detroit Lions—If Alabama CB Dee Milliner is still on the board, Ansah will not be a Lion under any circumstances, and there is a fairly good chance of that happening. Even if Milliner is off the board, that likely means that Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel is still around, though, and finally truly addressing the offensive line in Detroit after being mediocre-to-bad for the entire current century would mean the world to QB Matt Stafford. Riley Reiff in 2012, Eric Fisher in 2013—eventually move Reiff to RT or guard once Fisher gets adapted to the NFL game.
Pick No. 6 to Cleveland and new DC Ray Horton seems like the most likely "draft ceiling" for Ansah, and if six is indeed the highest he is likely to go, buying in at Pick 5 value is obviously a huge mistake that will cost you.