Dec 20, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Ezekiel Ansah (47) runs after intercepting a pass during the first quarter of the Poinsettia Bowl against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

NY Giants 2013 NFL Draft Spotlight: BYU's Ezekiel Ansah

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

The 2011 Super Bowl champs failed to make it into the playoffs this past 2012 season. The New York Giants didn’t even get a shot at defending their title. One of the main reasons is their pass rush, or lack thereof. The Giants went from having 48 sacks in 2011 to only 33 sacks this past season.

Of those 33 sacks, the Giants’ big four pass rushers of Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka and Jason Pierre-Paul combined for 19.5 sacks. A giant difference from 2011. In that year, Pierre-Paul had 16.5 sacks by himself.

What happened to their fierce pass-rush?

It could be a a lot of things, but they need to fix it. The Giants need better production out of their rushers if they want to make a run at the Lombardi trophy again.

Enter Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah. The BYU defensive end is a beast. With the combination of his size, power and speed, he can give opposing offenses headaches. Ansah, often compared to Jason Pierre-Paul, ran a 4.63 40-yard dash; very fast for a guy his size at 6’5″ and 271 lbs. Ansah also impressed with his on-field workouts.

The defensive end flashes explosiveness off the line to bull rush offensive linemen to the pocket. Ansah also showed he has the ability to be an outside linebacker. He has balance and lateral agility when changing directions. He has a good nose for the football and is capable of slipping off blocks to get to the ball carrier.

The only negative is his inexperience. Ansah just started playing football in 2010 after being unable to make the BYU basketball team. After he got on the football team, he was only a special teams player until this past season. Ansah only started nine games, but he flashed his potential. In those nine games, Ansah collected 62 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 10 passes batted down and one interception.

Ansah still has a lot of learning to do, but with his physical attributes and raw talent, he has a ton of upside.

Should the Giants take a risk on drafting an inexperienced football player that may have huge potential? Will Ansah even be on the board when it’s the Giants turn to draft with the 19th pick?

The Giants have already done it once with Pierre-Paul, and look how that turned out. Can the Giants have the same luck again with Ansah?

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