Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 11/2/14
We are less than a week from the NFL Draft, also known as the most important day of the year for your Cleveland Browns. With (another) new regime taking over the reigns and new schemes in place on both sides of the ball, it is crucial that Joe Banner, Mike Lombardi, Ray Farmer, Rob Chudzinski and the crew nail these three days. It all starts Thursday night with the primetime First Round. The Browns currently hold the sixth pick. Will they go with a defensive back? Could they turn to a pass rusher? Would they possible fortify the offensive line? Could they shock everyone and take an additional offensive weapon? Or maybe, just maybe, would they trade the pick to a team that wants to move up and snag one of those top offensive tackles? From now until Thursday’s first round, a different member of the WFNY staff will take their look at one player in particular and tell you why the Browns, should they choose to, would go in this direction. The Player: Name: Ezekiel (Ziggy) Ansah Position: Defensive End School: Brigham Young Height: 6-5 Weight: 271 40-yard dash: 4.63 Whom he would replace: Jabaal Sheard? Why he makes the most sense for the Browns: A freak athlete with limited football experience, Ezekiel Ansah has been advertised as possibly having the most potential of the elite DE/OLB prospects in this draft. For a player of his height and arm length (35″), his speed and athleticism (4.26 20-yd shuttle) is scintillating for NFL scouts. Along with free agent acquisitions Paul Kruger and Desmond Bryant, he could be the final piece of an elite pass rushing attack. What the experts say about him: “You’re betting on his ceiling. Ansah is a track star in a 271-pound frame, a guy who blazed the 40 and shows solid punch at the point of attack. However, a lot of value is in that burst, the ability to jolt a defender with that initial blow, because his hand use, pass-rushing moves and leverage all need work. The question is whether he can add a repertoire.” — Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN.com “Highly disruptive pass rusher and he’s just scratching the surface. Displays a quick first step. Explosive upper body power. Has made huge strides transferring speed to power as a rusher. During second half of 2012, he’s consistently standing linemen up, locating ball, shedding block and pursuing QB with reckless abandon and exceptional closing burst for his size. Has enough speed and natural torso flexibility to threaten with speed-to-power moves off the edge but more consistently productive rushing the passer from inside (5-technique). Still can become more efficient with hands and do a better job of setting up blockers.” — Scouts Inc. “Having only played football for three years — and starting just one season — the native of Ghana is as raw as prospects come. Ansah is also as physically blessed as any prospect in the 2013 draft, demonstrating remarkable straight-line speed (4.63 in the 40-yard dash) and fluidity (4.26 seconds in the short shuttle), considering his 6-5, 271-pound frame. Proving athletic enough to handle converting to outside linebacker or staying at defensive end, Ansah could earn top five consideration if teams are convinced that he’s committed to the game.” — Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com/CBS Sports “Combination of size, length, and foot speed is nearly unparalleled. Delivers solid first contact that jolts opponent back. Continues to press and locate ball carriers in the backfield. Consistently sheds at the line of scrimmage, envelopes his target with a strong grasp and outstanding closing burst. Flashes the complete package, specifically when rushing from the edge on passing downs. When lining up inside a natural anchor shows up, helped by low pad level off the snap. Burst off of extension is counter move, gains significant ground on target. Obvious coaching on technique is absorbed and implemented.” — NFL.com “Ansah is this year’s version of Chandler Jones or Jason Pierre-Paul; players with little college production who are great athletes and go in the first round of the draft. Like those two edge-rushers, Ansah is a tremendous athlete with a rare combination of size, speed and power. He excelled at the Combine and showed off his freakish skill set. The Senior Bowl week could be indicative of how Ansah’s career will trend in the NFL. He was quiet early in the week while getting his bearings against the higher level of competition. Ansah steadily improved to flash his superb athletic skill with the size, power and speed to be a force. By game time, he was dominant.” — Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com Chances the Browns will take Ezekiel Ansah: At No. 6, I’d mark it as only 5 percent. It would seem to be a reach at that spot, assuming that the Browns are leaning toward preferring Dion Jordan or Dee Milliner overall. But, in the potential situation where the Browns trade down to later in the first round, Ansah could be a likely target. For now, several mock drafts have him landing at No. 10 at Tennessee. So overall, I’d mark it at 15 percent overall that Ansah is the target. There just are too many other options for me to wage too heavily on him ending up in Cleveland. – Previous Profiles: Geno Smith, Dion Jordan, Dee Milliner, Star Lotulelei Photo: AP Photo/Dave Martin
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Klay Thompson takes knee to head from Ariza

DeSean Jackson skips Redskins OTAs, goes to Cavs game

Texans to be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

WATCH: Ducks score controversial goal

Report: Ray McDonald arrested for violating restraining order

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Braves, Dodgers complete six-player swap

USA Soccer, CONCACAF losers in FIFA’s ‘World Cup of fraud’

Report: Tom Brady suspension appeal date not set yet

Are the St. Louis Rams setting up Nick Foles for failure?

LeBron: Didn't see Cavs reaching Finals at start of season

Pete Carroll: Communication with Russell Wilson is ‘great’

Lil B takes credit for Harden's terrible game, lifts curse

Riley Curry steals show at postgame news conference

Warriors beat Rockets in Game 5, advance to NBA Finals

Kentucky fan in Louisville has 38-1 sticker on car

Nick Kyrgios talks sex before tourneys, dating female players

Jared Dudley: 'Melo is most overrated player in NBA

Garrick Sherman bashes NCAA in epic drunken Twitter rant

Adrian Peterson denies reports that he wants to be traded

Report: Bulls players told Tom Thibodeau will not be back

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders "gets it"

Bucs DE George Johnson is a dog show enthusiast

The 3-point shot has become a divisive metaphor in the NBA

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

USA Soccer, CONCACAF losers in FIFA’s ‘World Cup of fraud’

The 3-point shot has become a divisive metaphor in the NBA

Corey Crawford is the weakest link for the Blackhawks

Star player missing OTAs? Keep calm...

Transfer rumors: Drogba, Pirlo and Gomez linked to MLS

Cano's slump: The good news, bad news

Disappointments of the MLB season

UGA wants SEC to ban transfers with misconduct issues

Long's great reaction to Bears releasing McDonald

Crazy stats from the NBA Playoffs

Royals' Guthrie sets records in blowout

Bears cut McDonald after incident

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.