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BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah turned in an outstanding performance at the combine despite reportedly not even training for it.
A lot of players who are projected to be drafted, especially in the first round, spend a good deal of time training for the NFL Combine in the months leading up to the event. As soon as college football season ends, many players hire an agent and begin going through training designed specifically for the combine.
BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah took a much different path to the combine. According to National Football Post's Dan Pompei, Ansah didn't spend time training for the combine. Instead, Ansah decided to keep his focus on going to class rather than spend time preparing for the specific drills he would face at the combine. Here's more from National Football Post:
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.
To me, this piece of news confirms two things. For starters, Ansah is a ridiculous athlete. We already knew that based on him running a 4.63 40-yard dash, but it's another sign that he is a natural athlete. It's also another sign that he is a quick learner. This goes along with his story of never playing football a few years ago to suddenly being a potential first-round pick. None of this necessarily means a whole lot for what Ansah can do on the football field, but it's interesting nonetheless.