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Road to the Draft: Ziggy Ansah

By Jay Skurski

Ziggy Ansah

Position: Defensive end
School: BYU
Measurements: 6-foot-5, 271 pounds
40 time: 4.63 seconds. 225-pound bench press: 21 reps. Vertical: 34.5 inches.
2012 stats: 35 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 9 passes defensed, 1 interception
Draft projection: First round

Lowdown: One of the true "diamonds in the rough" of the 2013 draft class, Ansah has an almost unprecedented combination of size, strength and speed. … Native of Accra, Ghana didn’t start playing football until the 2010 season. In fact, before arriving in the United States had never even seen a football, let alone played in or watched a game. Dreamed of playing in the NBA, and tried out for BYU’s team in 2008 and '09. … A natural pass rusher with solid pop on first contact and great closing speed. … Uses his hands and length well at the line of scrimmage to knock down passes. … A sponge who soaks up coaching advice and has greatly improved his technique. … Versatile defender who lined up at defensive end, defensive tackle and linebacker.

Gets fatigued easily. … While technique has improved, much work is still to be done, as he has a tendency to take himself out of plays. … For all his potential, there is concern over how raw he is.

Draws a natural comparison to Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, a first-round pick who didn't play a full season until his senior year of high school . … Ansah is majoring in actuarial science with a minor in math.

He said it: "In comparison to other people that are out there, I have been playing only a few years. I still have a lot to do just to catch up to them. I'm gonna put everything I got to do my best."

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to next month’s NFL Draft.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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