"I encouraged the organization to build a strong relationship with Ziggy, which it sounds like they started to do at the Senior Bowl. I said if those remain intact and there's trust between himself and your staff, he'll play to a very high level for a long time."
Ansah, who has only been playing football for a few years, is eager to embark on this next step in his improbable football career.
"I'm relieved," he said. "I'm excited to step up and play in the National Football League. It's been a crazy journey."
The NFL draft continues Friday and Saturday from Radio City Music Hall.
Other Cougars that could hear their names called this weekend include offensive linemen Braden Brown and Braden Hansen, and linebackers Uona Kaveinga and Brandon Ogletree.
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