Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah participates in a defensive drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
As we are in the middle of mock draft season, tonight, I thought we would take a look at one of those. CBSsports.com has it’s mock drafts out by two experts, Rob Rang, whom we have evaluated in the recent past.
Ezekiel Ansah: DE, BYU
The Jets need a lot of help in several areas, mostly on offense, including the quarterback position. But the Jets have struggled to put pressure on the opponents’ backfield and Ansah provides position versatility to line up all over the defensive front-seven.
This is an interesting pick for the Jets here. After doing a terrific job at the NFL Combine, Ansah’s stock rose quite a bit. Leading into the combine, the safest bets for the Jets included Dion Jordan, Barkevious Mingo, and Jarvis Jones. There wasn’t much talk about Anzah.
At the combine, Ansah ran a 4.63 forty hard dash, and performed 21 reps in the Bench Press, showing the world that he is a physcially strong young man. A 118 inch shows nearly elite explosiveness from the lower body, essential to get off blocks in the NFL.
Take a look at some highlight tape:
Two things concern me here. The first is that, if you notice, Ziggy doesn’t do a great job of staying with the play even if he has been blocked out of it. He needs to keep moving towards that football unti the whistle blows, and he doesn’t always follow the play with that type of motor.
The only other issue for me is he is an interior guy. With Mo, Coples, and hopefully DeVito, the Jets will be set with “hand in the dirt” types of pass rushers. The Jets really are in need of a guy that can stand up and play the 2-technique.
The Jets could do a lot worse than picking Ansah with the number 9. He is a talented player. I just think they could concentrate their energy on their need for someone that is a standup rusher. We don’t want to clog up the defensive line with another guy with his hand in the dirt.
Barkevious Mingo and Jarvis Jones might be better options here. Dion Jordan would also be an excellent choice, but he is gone at pick #2 according to this scenario.