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Russ Lande Mock Draft 2013: Ezekiel Ansah to the Jaguars


The Jacksonville Jaguars can virtually have their pick of players in the 2013 NFL Draft, depending on who the Chiefs take first overall. The biggest need for the Jaguars outside of quarterback is on the defensive line, and they'll have the pick of the litter in that regard.

The Jaguars desperately need to upgrade the defensive end position however, and there will be plenty of different styles of players to pick from.

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In Russ Lande's latest NFL Mock Draft, he has the Jaguars taking just that:

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU, Senior: Jacksonville has been trying to upgrade its outside pass rush for a few seasons, but has not been successful. The new regime decides to gamble a bit and take Ansah who is the most physically gifted defensive end in the Draft, but is still learning the finer points of playing the position.

Related: Ziggy Ansah scouting report | Draft Profiles

Ansah is the type of player I could gamble on high in the draft, because he's just scratching the surface right now as a football player. He's ridiculously athletic, strong, and doesn't give up on plays and plays to the whistle. The biggest plus for Ansah, especially for the NFL, is he's a clean slate. He doesn't really have any bad habits he needs to break right now, but has everything to learn going forward.

While Ansah will need to learn the finer points at the position, I feel he can still contribute as a rookie out of the gate. At the worst, you can play Ansah as a 5-tech defensive end and let him simply just stuff the run. The pass rushing can work along while you've still got a stud against the run game in Gus Bradley's new defense, if it's what we all think it will be.