BYU Cougars star defender Ezekiel Ansah blew up the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine just shortly after impressing NFL scouts at the Senior Bowl. At the combine, Ansah ran a 4.68 second 40-yard dash, added a 34.5-inch vertical jump and broad jump of 9-foot-10. The numbers were off the charts for a man that stands 6-foot-5, 270-pounds, but a nugget of information that surfaced makes those numbers even more impressive.
According to the National Football Post, Ansah had his standout performance in Indianapolis despite never training for the combine. He decided to stay in class while others were getting trainers to specifically train for the combine.
Many people were impressed with Ziggy Ansah’s 4.56 40 yard dash at 271 pounds, and rightfully so. But they would have been more impressed if they knew Ansah didn’t even train for the event.
Unlike probably every other player in attendance, Ansah kept going to class and never worked with an outside trainer to prepare for the combine. In fact, the 40 yard dash he ran at the combine was the first of his life, according to his agent Frank Bauer. It should be noted, however, that Ansah did run 100 meter dash and the 200 meters on the Brigham Young track team before he became a football player.
The numbers are incredible and it just goes to show how scary and exciting of a prospect Ansah is.
Ansah is still learning the game of football and has a lot of learning left to do. Once he gets to the next level with NFL coaching staffs and legitimate trainers, his potential is limitless.
It is becoming more and more obvious why NFL teams are viewing Ansah as a top fifteen selection, despite not having much film onthe defensive lineman.