Reporting Justin Pawlowski
Leading up to Draft day on April 25th, I will be “making the case” for different players to be selected or not selected by the Bucs with the 13th overall selection.
For each player, I will give reasons why the Buccaneers should strongly consider that player and why they should pass on that player as well.
Here. We. Go.
With the 13th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah – Defensive End – BYU
While most Buccanners fans are overly focused on the issues the Bucs have at corner, and rightfully so, those same fans tend to forget that more goes into pass defense than just the guy covering the receiver.
The Bucs pass rush in 2012 and for years before then has struggled to generate consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks. With that said, the Bucs sack leader from 2012, Michael Bennett, left in free agency to the Seattle Seahawks.
In recent years, the Bucs have invested 1st round draft picks in Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn, and a 2nd round pick in Da’Quan Bowers. All three of these players are expected to start along the Bucs defensive line in 2013, and expected to have a collective breakout season.
With the Bucs seeming set at defensive end, their depth is very shaky and their starters are based more on hope than past production.
Ziggy Ansah is a very raw defensive end who possesses unique size, speed, and natural talent. Ansah has very limited playing experience. He did become a starter in 2012 at BYU and played all along the defensive line, even at nose tackle. Ansah’s size (6’6” 270 lbs), athleticism, and explosion have NFL personnel believing that he has the potential of becoming a dominant pass rusher as he gains experience and coaching.
The comparison here might be with what the New York Giants did a few years back when they selected Jason Pierre-Paul. It seemed as if the Giants, at the time, were set at defensive end, but they viewed Pierre-Paul as a unique talent. JPP has developed into one of the dominant pass rushers in the NFL. If Ansah follows this path, he’ll be well worth the 13th pick or even higher.
Of course, when you’re talking about a raw player and potential, you always run the risk of that player being a bust much more than him becoming a pro bowler. Are the Buccaneers in position to take that type of risk with the 13th pick in this year’s draft? Is this a risk that needs to be taken to try to get the Buccaneers back into the playoffs?
Well, there you have it. The arguments are there to either draft or to pass on BYU DE Ziggy Ansah. Which way would you go? Call The Commish during his show heard weekdays 9-noon and let him know!
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