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Film Study: Making the case for BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah as a top ten pick

Film Study: Making the case for BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah as a top ten pick

Hyped by on December 10, 2012 Website: nflsfuture.com

Here’s the backstory:
Ezekiel Ansah came to BYU in 2008 from Ghana in the hopes of becoming a track star. He wound up on the BYU football team after some coaxing by teammates. Didn’t know how to put on football equipment. He’s 6’6″, 270 pounds and runs a 10.9 100 yard dash.
With that story, it becomes real easy to label Ansah as raw. He’s a project with the Jason Pierre-Paul upside. That is the word around town, on fan boards, and coming out of the mouth of anyone that hasn’t spent time watching Ansah on tape. This will serve as forewarning that Ansah is much more than just a raw, upside player.
When I think of raw as it relates to a football player, I think of someone that lacks instincts and/or struggles to find the football. It may be an issue of semantics but the term I prefer when it comes to Ansah is lack of game experience. Big difference. I will show some cutups of Ansah in the many roles that he fills for the BYU defense and special teams.
Impact players find ways to impact the game in more than just their specialty. When I evaluate someone that I label as an impact player, I attempt to find ways that he impacts the game outside his normal role. Sometimes, that means he’s an emotional leader (Manti Te’o) and sometimes that means that he makes plays in whatever role is asked of him (Ziggy Ansah). I have watched five BYU games and haven’t found one that didn’t feature Ansah in multiple roles. He forces teams to gameplan for him as a 0-technique, 3-technique, 5-technique, and rush linebacker. That makes him special but his ability to affect special teams puts him into an elite category for me. Ansah is hands down one of the most impactful players in college football. Here’s a look at the impact Ansah can have on the game.

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