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Ansah poised for lights-out workout on Monday

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 23, 2013 – 12:10 pm


INDIANAPOLIS–Brigham Young’s Ziggy Ansah is arguably the fastest-rising player in this draft class, and he’s poised to crack the top 10 picks should he turn in a lights-out workout on Monday.

“I have a lot to do to catch up with everybody,” Ansah told reporters at the scouting combine on Saturday.

Ansah left Africa to play basketball at BYU. He had never watched an American football game until he arrived at BYU.

“Since basketball didn’t work out, I said go do football,” he said.

Now he’s coming off an MVP performance in the Senior Bowl and he’s being compared to Jason Pierre-Paul. Is Ansah a defensive end or an outside linebacker? That’s the big question that has to be answered.

There’s no question that he’s a rare talent who should excel in the gym-class type workouts that define the combine. Ansah is also an engaging personality who entertained reporters.

When asked who was the best lineman he faced at the Senior Bowl, Ansah said it was the tackle from Oregon State. “I got held a lot in that game and it was never called, so I guess it was him,” he said, drawing a big laugh.

Ansah knows next to nothing about the history of professional football and its legendary names.

“I have no idea who they are, but this is going to be my lilfe so I try to soak it all in,” he said.

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7 Responses to “Ansah poised for lights-out workout on Monday”

  1. By Dan A on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    Could be a bust….not knowing the game that well he could become disinterested if hurt or insufficient playing time. Would pass on this guy! We don’t need another Reynolds!

  2. By Pat on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    He sounds like another Tony Manchich or maybe Terrell Buckly dont take him

  3. By axespray on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    Tony and Buckly comparisons ?
    smh… I’d recommend getting those eyes checked.

  4. By ATL Packrfan on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    Ansah had a great season at BYU and looks to be a good player. He’s probably more of a 4-3 DE than a 3-4 OLB, however.

    The comparison to Mandarich is a joke considering that Mandarich fooled everyone. He didn’t pan out in the NFL because he couldn’t continue to use steroids, which is what put him on the map at Michigan State.

  5. By Hughad on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    Didn’t know you could slur your typing? Manchich?

  6. By Nate on Feb 27, 2013 | Reply

    I grew up in Wisconsin until I was 13 and thus became a Packer’s fan. I moved to Utah and have watched several of BYU’s games. I was able to watch this dude several times live and he is a flat out STUD. I think he would be a great addition as a DE not a linebacker. #GOPACKGO!

  7. By IndianaMike on Mar 3, 2013 | Reply

    Best player available O or D line, preferrably defense.

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