Truth & Rumors > NFL

Lions jobs on the line with Ansah pick

Views
21855
Comments
23

06:52 AM ET 04.26 | The spotlight won't just shine on defensive end Ezekiel (Ziggy) Ansah this season in Detroit. Ansah could become one of the game's better pass rushers in two or three years after patient development. But patience isn't something general manager Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Schwartz can afford right now. They need a speed rusher with only three years of American football experience to have an immediate impact on a team that must win now to spare this franchise yet another thorough broom-sweeping. It'll prove itself a miserably failed gamble -- especially if Matthew Stafford is consistently picking himself up off the turf. ... Mayhew denied that it was a consolation pick, settling for the least objectionable option.

Detroit Free Press

Ezekiel Ansah, Icon Sports Ezekiel Ansah, Icon Sports
April 26, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Detroit doesn't seem to develop D-lineman. Their whole philosophy seems to be just turn them loose and hope that the resulting 'play of the day' works out in their favor. This could very well be a wasted pick.

April 26, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Head scratcher.. They need to keep Stafford off his a** so they go defense?

April 26, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Does he stomp people like a boy named Suh?

April 26, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Head scratcher.. They need to keep Stafford off his a** so they go defense?

Your right about on O-Line but with this pick teamed up with Shu lookout QB's.

April 26, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Your right about on O-Line but with this pick teamed up with Shu lookout QB's.

That's what everyone said when the Lions teamed Fairley with Suh, and it didn't turn out to be as dominant as expected. Maybe with the three of them it will come together.

April 26, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Wait a minute! They call this guy "Ziggy?" That changes everything.

April 26, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Does he stomp people like a boy named Suh?

Maybe.. if he's properly mentored.

April 26, 2013  09:26 AM ET

Ansah may not be the answer. He only started 9 games total in his collegiate football career.

April 26, 2013  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Ansah may not be the answer. He only started 9 games total in his collegiate football career.

Like I said last night - this is the kind of draft pick that gets GM's and coaches fired.

April 26, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Don't quite understand some of the chances these GMs take with high picks. Take the closest thing to a sure thing available and take your risks on lower picks. Granted there's no sure thing, but why roll the dice so early in the draft? Guess that's why some of these GMs aren't around very long. They stake their reputtion and future on risky picks.

April 26, 2013  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Ansah may not be the answer. He only started 9 games total in his collegiate football career.

Cmon man, you could have sold that joke better

April 26, 2013  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Cmon man, you could have sold that joke better

Wait, it was a pun.... so nevermind

April 26, 2013  09:42 AM ET

Anyone notice when they showed game film of these edge players selected in the first round that they didn't show any inside moves?

April 26, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Like I said last night - this is the kind of draft pick that gets GM's and coaches fired.

In the case of Detroit, the last couple of seasons should have gotten their GM and coach fired.

April 26, 2013  10:16 AM ET

Detroit is going to love this kid, they will still wind up in last place, but this guy will get a bunch of sacks, too bad Detroit can't draft a new coach!!!

April 26, 2013  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

In the case of Detroit, the last couple of seasons should have gotten their GM and coach fired.

It's just a case of lowered expectations as a result of the Millen years. This pick seems brilliant by comparison.

Comment #17 has been removed
Comment #18 has been removed
April 26, 2013  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

In a jail cell somewhere.

We've got a guy here in a prison hospital cell they could practice on...

 
April 26, 2013  03:30 PM ET

Detroit bit on the "buzz" generated on this guy of late. They didn't need to go after fashionable picks after 2012. I hope he works out, but I get the feeling this pick may be way up there on a long list of reasons for Mayhew and Schwartz getting pink slips.

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    Tuukka Rask takes blame for Bruins' Game 1 loss
    Views
    1925
    Comments
    230
  2. 2
    Smush Parker allegedly punches high schooler
    Views
    1590
    Comments
    136
  3. 3
    Joel Quenneville's Midnight Hawk favored to win Illinois Derby
    Views
    409
    Comments
    88
  4. 4
    Quarterback freefalling down draft boards
    Views
    5505
    Comments
    83
  5. 5
    Oklahoma State pays Peyton Manning $105K for speech
    Views
    542
    Comments
    25

SI.com

SI Photos