Ezekial Ansah makes a tackle during Saturday's Senior Bowl - USA TODAY Sports
BYU defensive end Ezekial Ansah might have played himself into the top 10 in the 2013 NFL Draft with an impressive performance Saturday in the Senior Bowl
Ezekial Ansah, the defensive end from Brigham Young often compared to Jason Pierre-Paul, is constantly connected to the New York Giants when it comes to the 2013 NFL Draft. Ansah, however, might have played himself into the top 10 and out of the Giants' reach Saturday during the 2013 Senior Bowl.
Here is a look around the Inter-Google at some impressions from the Senior Bowl.
Ezekiel Ansah: The defensive end from BYU was a disruptive force, and probably had the best performance of any player in the game. Ansah's performance this week has drawn attention, and it's looking likely that he will be selected in the top 10 at the draft.
The performances of all six quarterbacks during the game did little to dispel that notion, though there were good moments for some of the signal-callers. The real story of the South team's 21-16 victory over the North squad was the defenses for both teams, and no player better personified that better than game MVP Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, the BYU sensation and former track star from Ghana who exploded off the snap over and over again.
Though he appeared to have issues maintaining leverage in practices this week, Ansah really showed up when it counted, grabbing six solo tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, and 3.5 tackles for loss. At his best (which he most certainly was on Saturday evening), Ansah validated the comparisons to current New York Giants and former South Florida end Jason Pierre-Paul. The Giants took Pierre-Paul with the 15th overall pick in the 2010 draft.
Ansah, on the other hand, had been largely underwhelming throughout the practice week but was a terror in this game, recording a sack and forced fumble of Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib among several other big plays. Ansah, 6-5, 274 pounds, used his incredible closing speed to track down ball-carriers from behind on defense and to successfully cover on special teams.