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Why Ziggy Won't Take 2-3 Years to Develop Into a Starter




Based off some of the comments I've seen, many people seem to think that our 1st round pick, Ezekiel Ansah, will need 2-3 years as a back up to learn how to play the game of football. However, if you look at what he's done, and how quickly he learns, you'll see that he may only need a few games at most. Lets start out at the beginning. He comes over to America from Africa and goes to BYU. He tries out for the football team and the coaches see what we do, a 6-foot-6 250+ pound moster with freakish athletic ability. He quickly develops into basically a redshirt freshman/sophmore starter, a few games into his final season. His stat line wasn't amazing, but it was good with 4.5 sacks, 13 tackles for a loss and 62 total tackles. Most guys could not do that their first year starting at that level. Then he goes to the Senior Bowl, facing the future #1 pick, Eric Fisher and other top tackle prospects who are NFL ready. He starts out horribly and looks extremly raw, but by the end of the week, he was having no trouble with blockers racking up 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss. Ziggy was also voted as the MVP for his team at the Senior Bowl. If you can beat the likes of Eric Fisher and tackle guys as shifty as Denard Robinson, then you're a pretty good player. Eric could start on just about any team right away as a LT or RT, and as a Spartan fan, I know Denard's ability to avoid even the best of defenders is uncanny (and frustrating). To see how quickly he went from an afterthought, into a force is encouraging. If he can do that in a week, think about what an entire offseason will do. Based off that and our preseason schedule that includes some great tackles for Ziggy to learn from, (Browns, Pats) he'll be a great starter, most likely in the middle of the season, but I wouldn't count him out for a week one start. His incredible work ethic will show, and many of us will be surpised at what he can do. Let me know in the comments and poll if you guys have faith in him too. Thanks for reading.

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