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Ziggy Ansah wasn't Detroit's top choice, Lions tried to trade fifth pick

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  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    May 8, 2013 4:54 p.m.

    2fer

    Rugby is not an NCAA sport. - who cares, the Cougars still won a national championship, and in the process, beat the most dominant rugby team in the country for the past 30 years.

    BYU basketball didn't play in any championship. They lost to Baylor in the semifinal round of the NIT. - BYU advanced further in the 32-team NIT tournament of 2013 than the Utes did in the 8-team NIT tournament of 1944. BYU won 24 games versus college teams in 2013. Utah only won 6 games versus college teams in 1944. When was the last time Utah won 3 games in any post season basketball tournament?

    BYU volleyball did have a great season, and they were the only BYU team to play for an NCAA title. - how many Utah teams even reached the semi-finals of an NCAA tournament?

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 8, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    @ Warrior Parent

    Rugby is not an NCAA sport.

    BYU basketball didn't play in any championship. They lost to Baylor in the semifinal round of the NIT.

    BYU volleyball did have a great season, and they were the only BYU team to play for an NCAA title.

  • shorts Payson, UT
    May 8, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    RE:guitarboy
    South Jordan, UT

    Star did have to go to a jr. college first but BYU totally miss on Star. Star wanted to go to BYU and BYU did not go after him and Utah did. BYU's mistake and I hope Star does great in the NFL.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    May 8, 2013 1:46 a.m.

    So wwookie... Do you follow American Football and the NFL because your comment sounds like you don't... The Lions lost both of the their DEs at the end of the season... They very much needed DEs and Ziggy is the Ansah.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    Curious article about Ansah from the Detroit front office and equally strange negative comments from some readers. The best way to counter it Ziggy is to put QBs on their back.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2013 9:09 p.m.

    What a stupid article.

    The Lions, who had the 5th pick, had two players rated above Ansah. Duh! So they got their 3rd rated player with the 5th pick. Smarter than getting your 10th rated player with the 5th pick I'd say.

  • OhioCougar Madison, Ohio
    May 7, 2013 7:26 p.m.

    I wish the Browns could have drafted him.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    May 7, 2013 6:08 p.m.

    wwookie

    "why are the first two comments BYU fans already defending something that hasn´t even been said?"

    It was said, but as often happens, Christy's initial comment was deleted.

    Frankly, there's nothing to debate here.

    Ziggy being picked 5th in the 2013 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions is now an historical fact. Just like BYU's 1984 National Championship, Ty Detmer's Heisman Trophy, or BYU's eighteen Top 25 finishes, it doesn't matter how many whiny, jealous posts the kids on the hill make, they're never going to change history.

  • hobbes1012003 Kaysville, UT
    May 7, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    Mike W,

    Didnt produce much pass rush for BYU? are you serious? He single handedly provided pass rush and BYU didnt even need to blitz because of him. not a smart comment to make.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    May 7, 2013 4:24 p.m.

    Hutter:

    The got Urkel????

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    May 7, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    Chris B... You will never own us in anything. Keep dreaming. BYU v Utah is such a hyped up game on the Utah side. I really wish that we would just stop playing you forever and watch the days return when you have to give away free tickets to fill the stadium.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    May 7, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    why are the first two comments byu fans already defending something that hasn´t even been said? Chris B commented 3rd. How hypocritical to complain about the comments being hijacked by Mr. Annoying.

    - The pick of Ansah is a little weird because the Lions do not need a defensive end. They already have returning starters on both sides. It is a tribute to Ziggy that they picked him anyways, because in their minds, he was the best player available and should have been number 3. Hope he can get substantive playing time and earn a lot of starts.

    Very excited to see him play after being coached by people who really know how to coach talent. He didn´t get all he needed at BYU.

  • Mike W Syracuse, UT
    May 7, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    Huge gamble by the Lions for a guy who really didn't produce much pass rush at BYU and was picked largely on potential. Seems like a good guy, I wish him well, and playing alongside Suh and Fairley should give him almost no double teams.

  • Warrior Parent Belle Glade, FL
    May 7, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    How many NCAA championship games has Utah played in 2013?

    Rugby?
    Volleyball?
    Madison Square Garden Basketball?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 7, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    The got Urkel!

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 7, 2013 2:44 p.m.

    Actually Chris B is really a great guy. He just has this insecurity about BYU. If you see his other posts he has a lot of good things to say. I'm hoping he will be able to get over his BYU complex and let his really great qualities shine.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    Our seniors this fall will complete the 4-0 career sweep against little brother and our former rival.

    When was the last time your seniors went a PERFECT 4-0 against Utah?

    We OWN you.

  • Gone fishin Murray, UT
    May 7, 2013 2:02 p.m.

    As usual Crissy spews and then does not return to answer. Typical bully mentality.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 7, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    That's not true! Ziggy would have been number one if those teams did their evaluation properly.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    May 7, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    Chris B -

    How's your inferiority complex working out for ya??

  • Reasonable thinker Murray, UT
    May 7, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    Detroit says he was the best available player at that time and that they are happy with their pick. Hmmm...

    Chris B.
    Why so much hate? It wil only come around get bite you someday so I would tone it down a bit if I were you. You are an embarrasment to most civil Utah fans.
    If BYU wins this fall you will never hear the end of it. Please bury the hatred and move on.

  • BYU sports on TV in Missouri Lebanon, MO
    May 7, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    Chris B.... I think you have your information mixed up. It is more like "Help wanted" for the U of U sports programs... The Only sport where the U of U has been able to take first is Skiing... and they just lost out to New Mexico... Which by the way never won a championship in any sport until they topped Utah... You probably should stock up with some more head sized brown paper bags... I think you are going to need alot of them this year.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    May 7, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    Would of love to have Ziggy at 49ers.

    You guys need to ignore reading and responding about Chris B. Stop looking at him and IGNORE HIM! It is really simple and he is acting like a little kid.

  • Gone fishin Murray, UT
    May 7, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    Crissy, Crissy, Crissy,
    How come such hate? What do you have against BYU. What have they done to you to cause such vile oewings. This is not healthy for you. Let it alone and live your life.

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    May 7, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    You guys crack me up! You fall for Chris B's bait every time and facilitate the hijacking of the conversation. Leave the troll under the bridge--don't feed the trolls!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    May 7, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    GuitarIndy-WACer:

    "Does it bother you that BYU had the highest pick out of any school in Utah? Does it bother you that Star (a great player) couldn't cut it at BYU academically, so he went to a lower-tier academic school?"

    First of all, Star DID "cut it" academically at the Y. After he left Snow, he had an offer on the table for both the U AND the Y. The problem was, the Y "couldn't cut it" athletically, so he went to a better FBS school. Star rejected the Y; not the other way around.

    Second, Ute fans are not bothered by Ansah being picked 9 spots ahead of Star. Both were 1st round draft picks, but the order of the pick wasn't reflective of the caliber of the athlete. It was a reflection of team personnel requirements. The Lions simply didn't need a DT as much as it needed a DE. That fact was demonstrated when the Lions didn't select a single DT in the entire draft, but DID pick up 2 DEs.. Don't be so frantic and emotional.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    May 7, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    I'm not sure what was the point of sharing with the public that Ansah wasn't their first choice. It diminishes Ansah as a first round draft pick, and it diminishes the Lions for having to settle for "guy #3". It's like getting married, and shortly after your wedding night, your spouse informs you that he/she only married you because their 1st AND 2nd choices weren't available.

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    May 7, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    Chris I can assure you that Ziggy is wanted. Lions said they had Ziggy as third best player in the draft so I think they pretty happy with how it worked out. Just because they were interested in trading the pick doesn't mean they weren't happy to pick him, but haters are gonna hate and you'll keep trying to spin everything anti-byu.

    I can't wait to see Ziggy getting sacks in the NFL and playing with Suh and Fairley. That is a great defensive line.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    Danish and guitar,

    So, did the big 12 call or not?

  • guitarboy South Jordan, UT
    May 7, 2013 12:02 p.m.

    Chris B, it is interesting that you are so sensitive about Utah football. Does it bother you that BYU had the highest pick out of any school in Utah? Does it bother you that Star (a great player) couldn't cut it at BYU academically, so he went to a lower-tier academic school? (Utah)

    It is puzzling that you mention rugby. Here is today' rugby headline: "Utah Utes men's rugby suspended through 2013."

  • Danish American Payson, UT
    May 7, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    Well Chris at least BYU has a Rugby team.