The Detroit Lions selected BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah with their first-round pick (fifth overall) on day one of the 2013 NFL draft. Ansah was drafted to replace Kyle Vanden Bosch, who was released earlier this offseason. Last season, Ansah had 62 total tackles, 13 going for a loss, including 4.5 sacks in 2012. He finished the Senior Bowl with seven tackles, including 3½ for losses (1½ were sacks). The Lions were interested in drafting a left tackle, but Central Michigan's Eric Fisher (first overall to the Kansas City Chiefs), Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel (second overall to Jacksonville Jaguars) and Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson (fourth overall to Philadelphia) were off the board. In addition, the Miami Dolphins surprised every NFL observer by trading up to draft Oregon defensive end/linebacker Dion Jordan. Oakland received Miami's 12th and 42nd pick in exchange for Jordan.
Detroit Lions select Ezekiel Ansah 5th overall
Michigan Live | Apr 26