If you hadn't heard of Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah a few months ago, you're not alone.
He wasn't even on the radar of NFL scouts entering last season.
In his previous two years as a football player at Brigham Young, Ansah (pronounced "Ahn-saw") recorded a total of 10 tackles, no sacks, no tackles for loss, one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup in 18 games, none of them as a starter.
And now, seemingly out of nowhere, he's emerged as one of the top prospects in the NFL Draft and a definite possibility for the Detroit Lions with the No. 5 pick overall.
This is not your normal path to the draft.
Ansah was born and raised in Accra, Ghana in Africa. He enrolled at BYU in 2008, tried out for the basketball team, spent a year on the track squad and finally decided to take up football for the first time in his life in 2010. They had to show him how to put on his pads.
"I never thought about playing football," Ansah told reporters during the...