Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) and former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders (right) introduce the fifth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (BYU) by the Detroit Lions at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: Ziggy Answers the Call From the Detroit Lions


I guess Ziggy is the ‘Answer’. The question being, who are Martin Mayhew and Jim Schwartz gambling their NFL careers on? Mayhew and Schwartz are putting their necks on the line with the biggest boom-or-bust prospect in the first round. To the rest of the league this is one of the hugest gambles in the first round but the Detroit Lions don’t see it that way. They are trusting their own instincts from their week long encounter with Ansah at the Senior Bowl that they have something special on their hands.

The fact that the Lions made phone calls about trading up solidifies the fact that they were probably crushed to not to be able to land one of the big three offensive tackles. Seriously, of all the Lions luck. You’re sitting at the five with three primo left tackle prospects coming out this year and they’re all taken before you draft at five? Only the Lions. The Lions rebounded the best way they know, by trusting their own eyeballs. They totally fell in love with Ziggy during the Senior Bowl practices and tried to throw off the rest of the league by never speaking to him again until that phone call on draft day.

Taking “The Answer” was the only move they could make given where they were drafting. The tackles were gone, Dee Milliner was never an option and five is just too high for a guard. So it came down the the two craziest names in the draft, Ezekiel Ansah or Barkevious Mingo? The Lions went with what they know. They were very impressed with his intensity and his intelligence by how quickly he picked up the nuances of their wide-nine.

Ziggy should flourish playing alongside Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. It was a shame last year to see Suh and Fairley collapse the pocket from the inside with no one to clean it up on the outside. If the Lions are right about their first round pick then they have the makings of a very young dominant defensive line. Just the way Mayhew and Schwartz like it.

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