Ezekiel Ansah
Ezekiel Ansah
30-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Seattle Seahawks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Ansah may not be ready for Week 1 due to surgery on his labrum, but he fills in a hole in Seattle following the offseason trade that sent Frank Clark to Kansas City. When he's been healthy, Ansah has been extremely productive, with 16 sacks in 21 games over the last two seasons, and he has the upside to be one of the league's best pass rushers. If concerns about the 30-year-old's healthy linger, the Seahawks could limit his role to passing downs, but he will have a shot to reach 10 sacks again with a full campaign. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $9 million contract with the Seahawks in May of 2019.
Not at full strength
DESeattle Seahawks
November 7, 2019
Coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that Ansah is "still battling" to return to full strength after his offseason shoulder surgery, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
ANALYSIS
Carroll described Ansah's situation as a "developmental campaign to get him back to full go," noting that the 30-year-old performs best in the 270-pound range but currently weighs in at 258 pounds. Ansah has appeared in six games this season, playing a rotational role, during which he's notched 10 tackles (seven solo), one sack, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. It remains unclear whether the veteran defensive end, who underwent offseason surgery to address a torn labrum, is expected to return to 100 percent health later this season.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Ezekiel Ansah's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
275 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.63 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.26 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.11 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
 
Broad Jump
118 in
 
Bench Press
21 reps
 
Hand Length
10.25 in
 
Arm Length
35.13 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2013
If Ansah weren't so brittle he might have a 20-sack season to his name by now. The former BYU product is an uncommon athlete with even less common per-snap production, but the Lions understandably limit his play count in order to minimize the threat of injury. That Ansah totaled 12 sacks on just 516 snaps last year is an absurd and overlooked anecdote – the limit is endless if he could just stay on the field. Unfortunately, he has only played 16 games twice in five years, and even in those seasons he tended to get nicked up.
Ansah's persistent durability issues make him one of the riskiest IDP defensive linemen, but if healthy he should easily rank among the top five at the position. He met that description in 2015, when he totaled 47 tackles and 14.5 sacks despite playing just 659 defensive snaps. If he had played 1,000 snaps that season, it would have projected to more than 20 sacks. Last year wasn't so fortunate, as he hobbled through ankle and shoulder injuries to total just two sacks on 495 snaps. He could dominate again, but last year illustrated his dud potential.
Ansah's play counts have been limited to this point in his career, but if he should see an increase in his workload, there's no reason he can't push for third in the DL rankings. It's rather remarkable that he had 14.5 sacks last year on just 659 snaps – a rate that projects to 22 on 1,000 snaps. Ansah's been nicked up by various injuries, so it's understandable Detroit would want to limit his workload, but it'd be more understandable if they pursued the record-setting production he appears capable of. Without knowing Detroit's intentions, it's hard to rank him higher than this.
Ansah might be a boom-or-bust option this season. Even though he played 16 games last year, toe, knee and shoulder injuries nagged him, likely limiting both his play count and his effectiveness. He still posted respectable numbers on just 664 snaps, though, and his athleticism for his size (6-6, 278) might be unmatched. He entered the league in 2013 with little experience after just one year of college football, yet he has 81 tackles and 15.5 sacks in two years. He could be on the verge of a breakout season, as long as he stays healthy.
If Quinn and Jones were the big breakout IDP linemen of 2013, then Ansah is among the best bets to play the breakout role in 2014. The fifth overall pick of the 2013 draft, Ansah arrived in the NFL high on talent but low on experience after playing extensively for just one year at BYU. Even in his relatively raw state, Ansah made an immediate impact, posting 32 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles on just 502 snaps. He ought to play at least 900 snaps in 2014, meaning he'd project to roughly 58 tackles and 14.5 sacks if he produces at the same level of efficiency. There is some durability concern with Ansah as he heads into his second season after suffering a shoulder injury in December. He underwent surgery in February and the exact nature of his prognosis is unknown as of press time. All that's known is that coach Jim Caldwell said he thinks Ansah will "be ready to go when it's time to kick it off in the fall.” A pessimist would find it very concerning, with good reason, that the coach neglected to address training camp participation and merely 'thinks' Ansah will be ready for Week 1. Ansah's prospective owners must follow up on his health.
It certainly takes a leap of faith to put Ansah this high as a rookie, ahead of several players who have already accomplished the tall task of reaching double-digit sacks in the NFL. But between his raw talent and the likely full-time role that awaits him on a Detroit depth chart with almost no defensive end talent, Ansah should pile up cheap stats at the very least in 2013. The fifth overall pick has 4.63 speed on a 6-5, 271-pound frame and possesses an enormous wingspan with 35 1/8-inch arms. Players like Willie Young and Ronnell Lewis are not exactly intimidating competition for playing time, so Ansah should get all the work he can handle. With Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley drawing double-teams on the inside, moreover, Ansah should see single blocking most of the time. Like Aldon Smith coming out of Missouri, Ansah should be advanced in his hand-placement, thanks to spending much of his time at BYU playing in heavy traffic at defensive tackle.
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All clear Sunday
DESeattle Seahawks
October 27, 2019
Ansah (ankle) will play in Sunday's game against the Falcons.
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Status uncertain for Sunday
DESeattle Seahawks
Ankle
October 25, 2019
Ansah (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against he Falcons, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
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Limited in Wednesday's practice
DESeattle Seahawks
Ankle
October 23, 2019
Ansah (ankle) was limited during Wednesday's practice, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
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Day-to-day
DESeattle Seahawks
Ankle
October 21, 2019
Head coach Pete Carroll indicated Ansah (ankle) is day-to-day, but that he is unlikely to play in Week 8 against Atlanta unless he can return to practice this week, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
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Won't play in Week 7
DESeattle Seahawks
Ankle
October 20, 2019
Ansah (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against Baltimore, John Boyle of the team's official site reports.
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