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2013 NFL Draft: Ezekiel Ansah overrated?

Douglas C. Pizac-US PRESSWIRE

One of the fast risers in the draft this year has been BYU DE Ezekiel Ansah, who opened eyes with his fantastic performance in the Senior Bowl. His size (6-6, 270) and athletic ability, combined with his still raw football ability have made some draft writers think he's Jason Pierre-Paul type potential.

However, as I always say, there's a difference between what draft writers think and what NFL teams think. Ansah may very well be a case in point. Pro Football Weekly writes a weekly column where they talk with NFL scouts and personnel people anonymously and transcribe their brief thoughts on particular players.

The scout they talked to about Ansah threw a major wet blanket on the that the BYU DE has vaulted himself to a top 10 pick.

"Everyone has been talking about (BYU DE) Ziggy Ansah and throwing around comparisons. If a guy has length, some twitch and a motor, people think it's Jason Pierre-Paul. He ain't. Otherwise, they wouldn't align him inside so much. He's a one-year wonder and a tweener. ... Put on the bowl game. He was getting pushed down the field and a ball was thrown at his chest and he intercepts it. He fell into it - he didn't create it. That's how he produced this year."

A few other interesting notes from the chat. Star Lotulelei could be a NT, but would probably be wasted there. He'd be most valuable as a 3 technique DE or DT going after the passer. Alex Ogletree may be the best of the Georgia LBs. Miss St CB Johnthan Banks compares to Seahawks CB Richard Sherman and South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger may be the best hitter at his position. In fact, the scout even invoked the name of Dawkins...

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