2013 NFL Combine: Ansah runs unofficial 4.62 at 274 pounds
Defensive linemen are living up to billing as workouts get under way at the NFL Combine.
INDIANAPOLIS -- BYU pass rusher Ziggy Ansah showed little reaction when he saw his 4.62 unofficial 40-time posted at Lucas Oil Stadium Monday. In part, because the 6-foot-5, 274-pound football neophyte is more accustomed to running sprints -- track and his Mormon beliefs are the reasons he came to Provo.
He also has a quiet confidence about him, and the even-keeled rising draft star isn't the celebrating type.
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"I know people tell me, ‘Z is calm. Z is calm.’ This is who I am. I am not going to be out there going crazy. This is me," he said when he met with the media last week.
Ansah played outside linebacker and defensive end at BYU, but has only two seasons of football experience on any level. He wowed at the Senior Bowl -- Lions coach Jim Schwartz said he's nowhere near as raw as most suggest -- and was scheduled to work out as an outside linebacker and defensive end in position drills Monday.
His 10-yard split of 1.56 shows Ansah's off-the-ball explosiveness. Teams considering Ansah are also interested in Oregon DE/OLB Dion Jordan. At 6-foot-6, Jordan flew to an unofficial 4.53 40 time in his first 40 and 4.63 on his next try. He has a power forward body type with similar athletic ability and lateral range to bend, flatten and explode coming off the edge. At 248 pounds, he's not ready to be a traditional 4-3 defensive end and is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right shoulder in March.
Ansah, as Tavon Austin did Sunday, ran the wake-and-bake slot of the 40 -- he was the first player out of the blocks in the 40 at 9 a.m. ET. He backed it up with a 4.65 on his second 40. Ansah is rising on draft boards and might be drafted in the top 10. He's drawn comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul of the Giants. "JPP" was viewed as a raw athlete with Jevon Kearse-type ability before he was drafted by New York and quickly emerged as a star.
Another raw player with upside in the 2013 draft, Margus Hunt, wasn't far behind with a 4.65 unofficially on his first attempt and a stunning 4.6-flat in his second 40. The Estonian with a strong background in throwing events in track and field, Hunt is 6-foot-7 and blocked 17 career kicks at SMU. Naturally, there are comparisons to Texans five-technique defensive end J.J. Watt -- but that's a stretch.
He also put up 38 reps on the bench with his very long arms and the 25-year-old could be viewed as a 3-4 five-technique in the mold of longtime Steelers' defensive end Aaron Smith. Smith was an underrated Pro Bowl cog in the Steelers 3-4.
Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier tied Jordan with an unofficial 4.53. He's ranked 55th overall by NFLDraftScout.com because of his natural athleticism.
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