Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Ansah at No. 6?
By Tim Kavanagh
One of the more captivating prospects in this year's draft class is BYU pass-rusher Ezekiel (Ziggy) Ansah, who just picked up the sport during his junior year at the school, and thus is about as raw a talent as one could find. It also helps that he blazed to a 4.63 40-yard dash time while measuring in at 6-foot-5, 271 pounds. So is he under consideration for the Cleveland Browns at No. 6 overall?
In the opinion of ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi, he certainly should be, especially based upon the remarks from Browns CEO Joe Banner recently.
"Almost all the teams that get to the Super Bowl are teams that get a lot of sacks," Banner explained. "So in our mind we have to build a team that gets a lot of sacks and pressures quarterbacks. We want to have a more aggressive, attacking defense. We want to bring in more aggressive players. We want to be risk-takers. We want the other team to be on the defensive. We want our opponents to be worried about where we're coming from, what we're going to do next."
Ansah could represent a bookend option for Jabaal Sheard, who has developed into a fine pass-rusher during his brief NFL tenure, which is the glaring need for the Browns on the defensive side of the ball. Whether Cleveland takes the plunge with Ziggy will be determined in the coming weeks.