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NFL Draft 2013: Saints Schedule Visit With Ezekiel Ansah

The Saints may have their sights set on a defensive wild card in the 2013 NFL Draft.


Prior to the end of the college football season in 2012, nobody had heard of BYU defensive lineman Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah. That all changed and so did future draft boards for many NFL teams.

Ansah's name quickly began to circulate around the NFL and drew a comparison to New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. It garnered him a Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine invite to further the draft fury.

The Saints up until this point haven't brought in any big name draft prospects but according to's Larry Holder the team will reportedly bring in Ansah for a pre-draft visit. No date was given.

Ansah is a curiosity because he only began playing college football in 2010 and only for six games of the season. One story is that he was so unfamiliar with football that he needed help getting his pads on correctly.

But Ansah, born in Ghana, tried out for the basketball and track teams at BYU before being persuaded to try the football team as his focal sport. In 2011 he played in twelve games as a third down DE/OLB and in 2012 played in 13 games.

It was 2012 that saw him flourish due to an injury suffered by one of the starting defensive lineman and Ansah filled in for him. He had 62 tackles (13 for a loss), 4.5 sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble.

Some analysts think that Ansah is a good player but still needs time to fully develop, something the Saints don't have time for if they're looking for an instant impact. But he's also been complimented as a hard worker who isn't afraid to ask questions and could be a big payoff in the future.