NFL Draft results 2013: Ezekiel Ansah selected by Lions with 5th overall pick


Ansah will give the Lions a new pass-rushing threat.

With the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. Ansah was the second-ranked defensive end in the draft rankings from SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn and the 14th-ranked player in Dan Kadar's overall rankings.

The Lions needed an outside pass-rusher, and Ansah, who rose quickly across draft boards over Senior Bowl and NFL Combine workouts, will hope to make a Detroit defensive line all the more dangerous on the edge.

Combine results

Height: 6'5
Weight: 271 lbs.
Hand size: 10.25 inches
40-yard dash: 4.63 seconds
Vertical jump: 34.5 inches

Ansah boasts an impressive 2012 stat line: 62 tackles, 13 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, nine passes broken up, one forced fumble and one interception. He's versatile, having lined up on the outside rush, at defensive end, as well as at tackle. On top of all that, he has few equals for size and athleticism in this draft. His gas tank has drawn some questions, but he has massive potential at the NFL level.


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