A potential dark horse for the Lions' choice as the fifth overall pick in next month's NFL draft is raw-but-talented defensive end Ziggy Ansah. At least one pundit, NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, recently predicted the Lions would select the Brigham Young edge rusher -- with Oregon's Dion Jordan reuniting with Chip Kelly in Philadelphia as the fourth overall pick. "This looks like a reach on the surface, but after studying this situation, it makes a lot of sense," Jeremiah wrote. "The Lions have huge needs at pass rusher and cornerback. There will be plenty of quality cornerbacks available in the second round, but the edge-rush pool is shallow. Ansah dominated the Senior Bowl game while playing in the Lions' defensive scheme." Ansah's strong performance for Jim Schwartz's South squad at the Senior Bowl could be the major basis for Jeremiah's reasoning. Ansah, who is from Ghana and didn't start playing football until three years ago, certainly impressed the Lions. "A guy like him, he's sort of new to the game coming in from really a different background," Schwartz said recently. "It was interesting to see him be able to grasp new concepts. It's one thing when you're out of school for three or four years and you can sort of learn as you go. But to see him go and improve every day in practice, have the game that he had, a very productive game. "He's obviously a guy that's talented physically. He went a long way to answering a lot of questions about his background and aptitude at a setting like the Senior Bowl."
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