Ezekiel Ansah: Potential Jaguars Pick


Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah participates in a defensive drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser prefaces his mock draft version 1.0 by stating that this is all speculation.  We don’t really know who the Jaguars will be drafting.  This quickly after the NFL Scouting Combine, players are flying up draft boards based on workouts.  But, like all mock drafts, the Jaguars have to make a pick at number two overall.  According to Oehser, it’s BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah.

While it now seems unlikely that the Kansas City Chiefs take left tackle Luke Joeckel first overall after putting the franchise tag on LT Branden Albert, that move likely does not affect the Jaguars “reaching” for Ansah.  Ansah is a raw, athletic defensive end who could fit in with the Jacksonville Jaguars defense smoothly.  But is he worthy of being picked at number two overall?  That is the primary question that will go with this selection.  But with a draft class as close and as deep as this one, really it’s anybody’s guess.

Here is what Oehser has to say about Ansah:

"He’s an ascending pass rusher with a ton of upside, and amid the pre-draft speculation, many are speculating that he could rise to the top of a lot of teams’ boards by April 25. So, he’s as good a choice as any."

That all seems straightforward enough.  I can’t say I’d be upset if the Jags picked Ansah.  The BYU stud has been impressing all offseason and has the tape to back up his workouts.  He is still learning the game so his potential currently seems limitless.  Other “proven” commodities like Florida State’s Bjoern Werner will get some more looks, but the boldness of Ansah really fits with GM Dave Caldwell’s desire to hit homeruns and not base hits.

– Luke N. Sims

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