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Ziggy Ansah works out at BYU pro day

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Former Cougars defensive lineman Ezekial "Ziggy" Ansah, who is expected to be a top-10 NFL draft pick, worked out for NFL scouts at BYU's pro day.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Most people in Utah are familiar with Ziggy Ansah's story. He came to BYU from Ghana to run track. He started playing football just three years ago and at first, didn't even know how to put on his pads.

Flash forward to Thursday afternoon, and Ansah was working out for dozens of NFL scouts, who are drooling over his physical skills.

"He is a top-10 pick," said New Orleans Saints scout Rick Reiprish. "What makes him so good is obviously his size, his speed and his length. But when you take into consideration his upside, he doesn't even know how good he can be with the limited amount of time he's played football."

"It's been a crazy journey," Ansah said. "It's been pretty humbling to me. I'm just working hard, trying to be the best that I can be. It's been good so far, so I'm enjoying every little bit of it."

The lastest ESPN mock draft has Ansah going to the Detroit Lions with the 5th overall pick. If that happens, Ziggy would be the highest drafted BYU player since Jim McMahon went #5 to the Chicago Bears in 1982.

Ziggy, who is 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, ran a 4.62 40-yard dash at the NFL combine last month. He chose not to run the 40 for the scouts at BYU, but he did participate in position drills.

"I didn't think there was anything I could do that would impress anybody out here," Ansah said. "They know I'm fast."

For a guy who has been thrust into the national spotlight and whose life is about to change more than he could possibly imagine, Ziggy has managed to stay cool, calm and collected.

"On day one, I didn't have all these cameras following me," Ziggy said with a smile. "What can I say, I'm just enjoying it. You can't stress too much about it. I just try to keep my cool and stay chillin'."

He may be chillin' off the field, but Ziggy is ferocious on it. After a dominating performance at the Senior Bowl and showing off his impressive physical skills at the NFL combine, Ansah has worked his way into the upper half of the draft despite not even being on the NFL radar at the start of the 2012 season. But Ziggy isn't getting caught up in all the hype yet.

"You never know with the media," he said. "The media doesn't draft us, so I don't even follow that."

Ziggy's intelligence is a big reason why he has picked the game up so quickly. An actuarial science major, Ansah originally was going to miss the draft so he could walk through graduation ceremonies at BYU. But he worked it out with his department, so now he can do both.

"I had to go find out if I could walk on a different day besides the draft," Ziggy said. "I got that figured out, so I get to go to the draft, which is good."

Good for Ziggy, and good for BYU.
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