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Published: Thursday, April 18 2013 1:20 a.m. MDT

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DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Does age really matters in NFL? What is number of average years players played in nfl today? How many players had physical beat ups during their young age to college days and Ziggy only played a good 2 or 3 years of football. He is a pretty healthy puppy guy. I wouldn't worry about that and he may just play many good years to come but of course he might finished less than a year if some bad accident come along during his playing time on the field (hope not). Yes age does matter in MLB, NBA & NHL but maybe not. I don't think he is worrying about that.

DoNotShootTheLittle Birds
Salt Lake City, UT

I predict Ziggy will play for 15 years in the NFL. He'll make the Pro Bowl at least 9 times.

Faze1950
West Valley, UT

It always seems that someone has to come up with a spin on every story. So is the case on Ziggy. He is an over whelming threat to any offensive team on the field. He'll show up a lot of NFL Veterans (and the Media) in his debut into the game, wait and see.

DoNotShootTheLittle Birds
Salt Lake City, UT

Faze1950 is right. Ziggy's middle name should be Overwhelming. I can't wait to see him make the Pro Bowl in year 1.

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

LOL!

sls
Columbia, MO

It sounds to me that there are some teams out there who would like to get Ziggy but they know he won't be available by the time their turn comes around. Thus, they start the age rumors.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Star Lotululei will be the only lineman remembered in this draft from the state of Utah. Ziggy's inexperience will leave him with no suitors after just a couple years.

Again, half of his experience was against WAC competition.

golfrUte
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Ziggy looks like a great talent. Watching his performance on the field and at the combine, you've got to be impressed. Seems like every year we hear questions about age, missions, etc. Paul Kruger's NFL career doesn't appear to be suffering from his mission.

Great to see local school's players making it to the NFL. I cheer for all the Utes, Cougars and Aggies in the pros.

Go Utes.

Duckhunted
provo, UT

he looks like he's 45!!!

Christy B
Salt Lake City, Utah

Despite the jealous little temper tantrum by my little sister, it's clear that Ziggy is the most intriguing prospect in the upcoming NFL draft and that he's destined for a long and very productive career in the NFL.

Star should also have a good NFL career also, but he won't generate anywhere close to the draft day buzz that Ziggy will generate. Once again, we kids on the hill will have to take a back seat to our big brothers.

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

The average employment in the NFL is three years! Players like Ziggy who will have an actual degree are smart, you never know how long your career will last. Anyone, even the number 1 pick can get injured enough to end a career.

That being said, great luck to all players from Utah schools who get picked!

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris B,

You're just a Utah homer. Mark my words, Ziggy will be all pro because he's doing what's right on and off the field.

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

Serious question here--

How many players has byu had drafted during mendenhall's tenure? Please format your response in a neat, organized list, including year, name/position, round/overall-selection, franchise and, if it's not asking too much, how each one's career has played-out.

Remember, only those players both recruited by/fully-developed under mendenhall, exclusively....For the life of me, I don't recall any draft picks produced in recent years.

Anybody? Thanks in advance!

kosimov
Riverdale, UT

Chris B
Let me see now. Ziggy is inexperienced, so it will take a couple of years for suitors (I assume you mean NFL teams) to decide they don't want him. During those two years, in spite of practicing every day and perhaps playing in a number of NFL games, he will not gain experience, which is your stated reason why he will fail.
Your argument is illogical. Even if his inexperience shows at first, after two years, he will have two more years of experience. That will not turn away suitors; it will make him even more desirable. You know, there are some players who just seem to have natural talent which allows them to BEGIN playing at a level many others must take years to develop. Ziggy has such enormous physical advantages over many other players that he will have an edge as soon as he drops into the stance and faces another player.
I suggest you get some tapes of his past games. Its obvious you haven't seen him play or you haven't watched carefully. Watch the moves he makes using talent and instinct, even against "WAC" opponents (like Utah?). Then apologize here.

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

Why is it that some people can't cheer for one player without ripping down another?

Star Lotulelei is a good football player. He will probably get drafted in the top 10 and have a good career. That's great for him. If Ziggy is also drafted in the top 10 and has a good career, how does that hurt Star? Since it doesn't, why do some feel the need to criticize?

And as for AZUTE1: I'm rolling my eyes at your "serious" question that has been asked numerous times by the rest of the BYU haters. Go cheer for your team for a change.

IRS Agent
PROVO, UT

@ Chris B

I believe that Ansah played against those same WAC level teams that Eric Weddle honed his skills against. It doesn't seem to have hurt his career much, does it? It might also explain why he went to the Senior Bowl with the top graduating players in the country (I believe it also included players from some of those BCS schools) and dominated all of the competition. I think I heard somewhere he got an award or something. Maybe it was just a participation ribbon that they give to all the slow, non-athletic kids.

Then again, maybe those guys that evaluate NFL level talent before giving them millions of dollars, might just know what they are doing a little more than us average Joes. The double standard from the hill is amazing.

COUGARNATE
Lyman, WY

azute how about Austin Collie and Dennis Pitta. Soon to be Ansah and Kyle Van Noy next year.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Hey Crhis B - did you really think Steve Young would have never been in the nfl after his usfl? You really are a u homer. I know Ziggy will play longer than 10 or 15 years to one of those nfl team. Are you still sniffing for ROSE to Pasedina?

Guam_Bomb
BARRIGADA, GU

Lotuleilei and Ansah are two very different players. Lotuleilei is a lot like Haloti Ngata. Run stopper whose strength is up the middle. Ansah to me looks to be more like a more athletic Hybrid between the Reggie White/Bruce Smith big D end and Denver's Von Miller.

I would like to see the crystal ball of those who are saying that both of these guys will have great NFL careers. There's a lot more than raw talent and work ethic that goes into a players success. They have all the potential in the world, and they have worked hard to put themselves in the best possible position to succeed. But just like mutual funds and stocks, past performance is not always indicative of future return. Only time will tell. But for those of us who have watched them for the last couple of years, we will definitely cheering for their success.

The thing that it most impressive about both of these players is that they both worked hard in the classroom. Lotuleilei skipped the draft and stuck around to get his degree.

Best of luck on draft day to both of them.

PGVikingDad
Pleasant Grove, UT

Two words: Greg. Oden.

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