A lot of NFL teams were intrigued by BYU defender Ezekiel Ansah at the 2013 NFL Combine. In a passing league, effective pass rushers are all the rage. Their stock is firmly on the rise. And for a raw, talented prospect like Ansah, he could command high first-round status with almost no football experience.
Mike Mayock also had scouts drooling, as he labeled him the "Aldon Smith prototype" at the combine:
Mayock said BYU DE Ziggy Ansah "might have been the best football play in the game (Senior Bowl). . . Can he be Aldon Smith this year?"— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) February 18, 2013
Between his on-field presence and limited time playing the sport, scouts are enthralled by how high his ceiling may be. And if folks needed any more reason to buy into the hype, Ansah had another trick left before the draft in April.
According to Dan Pompei of the National Football Post, Ansah did not train for the scouting combine that took place this past month in Indianapolis. Even though it is widely known as one of the most scrutinized job fairs in the U.S., Ansah was not the least bit intimidated.
In fact, he did not change up his routine at all:
Many people were impressed with Ziggy Ansah's 4.56 40 yard dash at 271 pounds, and rightfully so. But they would have been more impressed if they knew Ansah didn't even train for the event. Unlike probably every other player in attendance, Ansah kept going to class and never worked with an outside trainer to prepare for the combine. In fact, the 40 yard dash he ran at the combine was the first of his life, according to his agent Frank Bauer. It should be noted, however, that Ansah did run 100 meter dash and the 200 meters on the Brigham Young track team before he became a football player.
This is exciting news for two reasons: (1) Ansah stayed focused and kept going to class (2) His workout was impressive before learning he had not prepared for it.
All of the prospects train feverishly for the combine, hoping to answer any looming questions with a strong forty or an above-average bench press. Ansah competed with the well-prepared and still managed to outshine the large majority. He has essentially solidified in his place in the first round, and could be a menace in the league as a rookie.
Ziggy Ansah continues to impress, and there is no reason to believe he will stop now.
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