Why Ezekiel Ansah Is the 1 Player the New York Giants Must Grab in the NFL Draft
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
If you close your eyes real hard, you can hear WFAN's the schmooze, Steve Somers' brain working overtime to come up with endless puns involving BYU's Ezekiel Ansah's name.
Besides the satisfaction that New Yorkers would get from saying Ansah like Boston Red Sox fans got from saying Garciaparra, the 6'5", 271-pound defensive end is the perfect fit for the G-Men's defense.
2011-12 was the year of the "Nascar defense," but 2012-13 looked more like a monster truck rally—big scary objects moving nowhere slowly.
Every member of the Giants organization is on the same page and realizes that they must infuse speed back into the defensive line.
Perry Fewell's 4-3 defense will not be effective without a fast-four upfront—insert Ansah.
The Giants do pick 19 overall‚ which may not be high enough to grab the BYU star, but there are countless needs that the other 18 teams need to focus on outside of defensive end.
The Jets need a fast pass rusher yesterday, but they pretty much have a genuine need at every position on the field, so them taking Ansah is a crap-shoot.
Finally, there's the Cowboys. They would love to have their own version of Jason Pierre-Paul on their team, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones can break Giants fans hearts by taking Ansah right before Big Blue picks.
By now, the comparison between JPP and Ansah has been made, but the two players' games are eerily similar.
According to Walterfootball.com's evaluation of Pierre-Paul in 2010, it was said that he was raw/inexperienced, could get stronger and occasionally disappears in games.
Walterfootball.com's evaluation of Ansah says that he too is raw, and needs to improve awareness and instincts.
All the player comparisons to Chandler Jones and JPP—two mid-to-late first round picks who have blossomed in the NFL—just makes it harder for Ansah to fall to the Giants, but it's not impossible.
Some teams will be turned off by that fact that Ansah's a project, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens on Thursday April 25—the night of the first round.
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