2015 Breakout Candidate: Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah

“I don’t put numbers on what I’m trying to accomplish, but I’m just trying to be the greatest,”

Entering his third season, Ziggy Ansah has become the face of the Lions’ defensive line. This is worth noting because the Lions lost two former first round picks in Ndamakong Suh and Nick Fairley to the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams respectively this offseason. Ansah, along with linebacker Deandre Levy and safety Glover Quinn are now the faces of the Lions’ defense.

The fifth overall selection out of BYU in the 2013 draft was seen as a raw prospect with an extremely high ceiling. He had 8 sacks in fourteen games his rookie season and followed that up with 7.5 sacks in 2014. According to Pro Football Focus, Ansah totaled 64 pressures (sacks + hurries + hits), including 58 from the right side (where he lined up 83% of the time).

“I don’t feel any pressure,” Ansah said. “I just go out there to do what I’m asked to do and just get better every day.”

Ansah will be playing along side Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker this season. I think the sky is the limit for Ansah. I think down the road he’ll be a 16 sack type of player. I don’t think he’s quite there yet but I do see him finishing the 2015 season with at least 11 sacks.

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