Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/31/13
Every NFL team is spanning college campuses across the country to find the “next hidden gem” to select in the upcoming 2013 Draft.The search has gotten even more intense, especially after the New York Giants found one in Jason Pierre-Paul, who wasn’t highly regarded on many draft boards back in 2010.This year, Brigham Young University defensive end Ezekiel Ansah has become one of the most intriguing players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft.He originally came to the United States to play basketball, but that turned out to be a fail proposition. The BYU athletic department had to convince Ansah to tryout for the football team and untap some of his hidden talents.Here is Ezekiel Ansah’s 2013 NFL Draft scouting report:StrengthsAnsah is just reaching his full potential of becoming a pure pass-rusher, as his unique combination of size (6’5, 271 pounds) and speed (timed 4.6 in the 40) is desired by all. Prospective teams will love Ansah’s long wingspan (over 35 inches) that often disrupts the view of opposing quarterbacks looking for receivers down field.They will also learn how versatile Ansah is on the field; he can play three (outside linebacker, defensive end and defensive tackle) positions in a traditional 4-3 defense. His closing speed and natural power from the outside can be force in the NFL for many years to come, but Ansah can easily slide inside and plug the gaps to shut down a quality rushing attack.Weaknesses Ansah is a very inexperienced player, as he only played football for three years. His stamina has been questioned all throughout his collegiate career; scouts cannot gauge Ansah’s dedication to the sport.You cannot argue that he played with tremendous intensity all throughout his senior season. Ansah often takes himself out of plays by being preoccupied with a blocker, thus cancelling him from pursuing the ball carrier down field.IntangiblesAnsah can go anywhere in the first 20 picks of next month’s Draft, as I cannot imagine the New York Giants passing on him at No. 19. Teams still have questions about his inexperience and lack of production, but no one can deny that Ansah exploded onto the scene after his performance (7 tackles, 1.5 sacks and forced fumble) in the Senior Bowl.Personnel departments cannot answer how important football is to him, only Ansah can answer that himself, and he’ll be doing his talking on the football field next season.
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