BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah Could Be Best Available at No. 19

Jim Mancari , Contributor

BYU LB/DE Ziggy Ansah

BYU LB/DE Ziggy Ansah

When the Giants pick tomorrow night at No. 19 overall, the top-five best available players could look something like this:

1) Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

2) Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia

3) Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

4) Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

5) Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

For the Giants, the best fit of this group would be Ansah, even though he doesn’t necessarily fill one of the Giants’ needs right away.

Jerry Reese is notorious for drafting defensive linemen, even when the team really has no need. Yet for some reason, Reese knows exactly which defensive linemen will pan out.

The Giants added Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson at defensive tackle and are hopeful for the healthy return of Shaun Rogers.

Of course, Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul will get the bulk of the playing time at defensive end, with Mathias Kiwanuka factoring in since he’s moving back to the line from linebacker.

So it doesn’t really seem that a defensive end would fit into the Giants 2013 plans? Not so fast.

Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah is a very similar case to JPP and Kiwanuka for that matter. He joined the BYU football team as a sophomore and entered his senior season with zero career starts – similar to JPP. But this season, BYU used him all over the field, and that versatility – like Kiwanuka – can be valuable to the G-Men.

Tuck was slowed by injuries last season and won’t be around forever. Ansah could be viewed as his predecessor, who along with JPP would give the Giants an extremely athletic defensive front.

It might be a bit of a stretch to think he will still be available at No. 19, but if so, he would be the best available player that would fit what the Giants are looking for.

Getting faster and more athletic is key for Big Blue, and Ansah fits the mold.

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