Going into the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions' biggest need was to find a defensive end. They did just that with the fifth overall pick, selecting BYU's Ezekiel Ansah in the first round on Thursday night.
The Lions first really got to know Ansah as his coaches at the 2013 Senior Bowl, which is when his stock really took off. After a shaky week of practice, Ansah dominated in the game and looked like one of the best players on the field. Ansah was considered a top-10 pick by most analysts after that performance, and he became the most popular pick for the Lions in mock drafts.
How exactly does Ansah fit into the Lions' plans for 2013? He instantly becomes one of the favorites to start at defensive end, a position that was lacking both talent and depth after the release of Kyle Vanden Bosch and the departure of Cliff Avril. It remains to be seen how exactly the Lions will use Ansah from a situational standpoint, but he will be expected to improve their pass rush in a big way.
Instant analysis: The addition of Ansah fills the Lions' biggest need, meaning they can turn their focus to the offensive line and other areas that need help going forward. While Ansah will need some time to develop and truly reach his potential, this pick instantly upgrades the Lions' defensive line.
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