Another late bloomer is defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. Like Watson, Ansah grew up overseas and didn't even know what football was prior to 2010. In 2008, the Ghana native decided to come to the United States and run track for the BYU Cougars.
After two years of running track, football started to peak Ansah's personal interest. So he decided to try and walk onto the football team. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall made no guarantees to the 20-year-old kid, but his size and athletic build definitely caught the coach's attention.
Subsequently enough, Ansah made the team and played sparingly during his first season. Mendenhall used him on third downs as a pass-rushing specialist at defensive end and outside linebacker. The Cougars coach gave the first-year player one simple instruction: "get the quarterback."
Ansah got the quarterback alright, which, in turn, positioned him to break out in 2012. He became a full-time starter in Week 5, and it has been full steam ahead ever since. By season's end, the senior defensive end finished with 13 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and six quarterback hurries.
Despite breaking out in 2012, Ansah is still very raw and needs to improve his overall awareness as a player. Dominating in the Mountain West Conference as an Independent is one thing, but dominating in the NFL is a completely different story.