Ansah leaves favorable impression

Posted by Vic Carucci on February 25, 2013 – 11:46 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:

Jeff – Which outside linebacker is best for my Browns at No. 6? I like Ziggy Ansah, defensive end from BYU.

I like Ziggy, too, Jeff.

I’m not necessarily endorsing him as the Browns’ top pick, at least not yet. I’d like to gather more information on him in the coming weeks, including his performance at his pro day.

But I definitely have a higher opinion of him after seeing what he did and talking with him at the NFL Scouting Combine. He showed impressive speed, athleticism, and strength. And he strikes me as a bright person who can learn quickly.

And Ansah has undergone quite a football education when you consider that he’s from Ghana and originally chose BYU to compete in track and ultimately develop into an NBA player.

When the 2012 season began, he was not being discussed as a highly rated draft prospect. Now, some draftniks see him as a potential top-10 choice, and think he would make a good fit in the Browns’ 3-4 scheme.

Ansah’s combination of size (6-foot-5 and 271 pounds), explosiveness, power, and body control allowed him to quickly establish himself as a top-level defensive end at the collegiate level. But the fact he’s such a good athlete and a quick study should allow him to play standing up as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 or with his hand down, and demonstrated he could do exactly that at the Senior Bowl. He told me he would be comfortable with either scheme.

I also came away with the strong sense that Ansah is highly competitive and has the work ethic necessary to improve every aspect of his game and learn all of the nuances to help him succeed in the NFL.

But let’s see how the rest of the pre-draft process plays out for him and other players the Browns might consider for that sixth overall pick.

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