Brad Rock: Lions take the bigger risk in choosing Ziggy

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  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    April 26, 2013 9:23 p.m.

    With teams double teaming Suh anyone who plays with him will have a greater impact. Zingy will give the lions a talent to make their front better.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    April 26, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    Agreed on the risk to Detroit. There is also a risk to Ansah: Detroit is lousy and he won't be able to help much. Ansah as a 2nd or 3rd round pick by a good team (SF, Seattle) would be a much lower risk to Ansah. Like the "Don't be Jimmer" article appearing recently, Ansah could find himself in a lose-lose situation.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    April 26, 2013 3:39 p.m.

    I think the column was actually pretty fair, and certainly reflective of how the Lions' and Panthers' fanbases are reacting to the picks yesterday.

    Panthers fans are ecstatic, like they've won the lottery. Lotulelei fits right into a defense on the rise, with two formidible DEs and a young and talented LB corps.

    Lions fans are hopeful for Ansah, but more than a few are worried, as the term "boom or bust" resonates in a very negative way in Detroit, given their history.

    It all remains to be seen.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 26, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    Another question, Mr. Rock: Why didn't your article talk about Miami changing the landscape suddenly with their early pick, obtained through a trade, and the fact that Manti Teo was passed over? What's wrong with some analysis instead of some contention?

    April 26, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    Brad, the Lions know what they are getting with Ziggy as they coached the Senior Bowl where Ziggy won 'Most Outstanding Player' for the South team.

    Coach Jim Schwartz (of the Detroit Lions) had this to say about Ziggy:

    “Well, he can play anywhere across the front,” Schwartz said. “… He’s never played (wide) nine before our game, and it was an adjustment period. He didn’t know very much before the beginning of the week. But every practice you saw him get better. And then the game came, and he dominated the game.

    “It wasn’t just his playing ability during the week. You saw what a serious guy he was. You saw how important it was for him to do well, how he wanted to please the coaches. That was all an important part of the evaluation. It was a week well spent in Mobile.”

    I think Star and Ziggy are both great athletes and people with the biggest difference being Ziggy is smarter and will learn faster. I don't mean to put down Star, he is great and the Panthers are lucky to have him.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    April 26, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    I hope that both players have great careers and that they both remain health during their playing years and life thereafter. You don't hear much about Ziggy and his personality, so to hear he is humble is a nice surprise. Star has been documented as he has been in the spotlight for years now, especially the last 2.

    No one knows how well either player will perform at the next level. It all depends on the coaching,the schemes, and the 10 other players on the field (defensive side here). I am not a fan of Detroit and I worry about their coaching. They allow too much to go one with Su hurting other players and playing dirty. I can only hope that Ziggy will do the right thing and avoid the peer pressure to support such actions as Detroit has shown even with its own head coach.

    Either way, good luck gentlemen.

    Go UTES!!

  • Snark Provo, UT
    April 26, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    Hey Brad, is there a Pulitzer for being the first naysayer? Star will be a star. And with Ziggy it is all about trajectory and learning curve (no one doubts his freakish size and athleticism). His humility will allow for the acceleration of both. Badly done Brad, now go sit in the corner! Maybe while there you can come up with a story about how the Lone Peak Basketball team is really made up of self-righteous over-achievers with little athletic ability and a remarkable string of luck.

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 26, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    I think both players will be great. Sure Star is a little more proven and probably a "safer" pick, but Ziggy could end up being all pro IMO.

    It really just came down to team needs. This Lions needed a DE and the Panthers need a DT to anchor their re-building defense.

    Good luck to both! I think they will make the state and LDS community proud!

  • lasermann Orem, UT
    April 26, 2013 9:42 a.m.


  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    April 26, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    Wow Brad, talk about throwing water on a fire, you can not be happy for anyone that succeeds...maybe you feel a need as a sports writer to create controversy or put a so-called experts spin on any situation...these two players have already spread their name and profession across the nation and you are still stuck in Utah trying to become happy for their success...enjoy the moment.

  • Brimmer Wheatom, IL
    April 26, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    The guys who get paid and have expertise in making the decisions have spoken. With millions at stake they get paid to get it right. Both guys have issues and yet they were both picked in the first round. Time will tell.

  • Supercool11 R-Valley, NV
    April 26, 2013 8:40 a.m.

    In football size, speed and heart are what you need to be good. Ziggy has all three so I wouldn't worry too much. He's got 90 percent of the equation, the rest will come from playing more football. There are intuitive things you'll pick up only through repetition, such as how to shed blockers, when to hesitate a split second, knowing where the play's going, etc., but in reality a lot of the things you pick up playing soccer and basketball translate to football. Ziggy should learn the formations and plays easily enough. After that it's all about muscle memory and letting your subconscious pick up cues and take over. That will come with time.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    April 26, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    More ute cheerleading from the "Rockmonster." In keeping with the automotive metaphor used by the "Rockmonster," I'd go with guy whose motor is running on every play (Ansah) vs the player whose motor is idle on every other play (Lotulelei.)

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 26, 2013 5:39 a.m.

    Perhaps a little too cynical. Great college players can be a bust in the NFL, and unknown players can be stars. We won't know until they play and time passes. Media prognosticators really aren't much help, are they?

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2013 11:08 p.m.

    I think that each player will do exactly as promised. Star will be your basic old player, put in a steady few years and make some tackles. Ziggy will be fast and learn fast.