NEW YORK (Detroit Free Press) - The Lions made a sizeable wager that one of the draft's biggest boom-or-bust prospects will hit it big.
After missing out on the draft's top three offensive tackles, the Lions took BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah with the fifth pick in Thursday's NFL draft.
The Lions coached Ansah at the Senior Bowl and got to know him well, but Ansah played just three seasons of football after leaving his native Ghana.
He said before the draft Thursday that he would love to play next to Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh if given the opportunity.
"It's going to mean a lot," said Ansah, who had 4 ½ sacks as a senior. "I know how dominant he is, I know how the coaches raved about him when they were coaching us at the Senior Bowl and I'll be very excited to be next to him. It's going to help my game. I'm going to do whatever I can just to learn from him, to be as good as him and just progress to the top."
Ansah is expected to play a significant role for a Lions team that lost starting defensive ends Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch this off-season.
Central Michigan's Eric Fisher, a Stoney Creek graduate, went first overall to Kansas City, just the fourth offensive tackle ever to be the first pick.
Jacksonville took Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel second overall, marking the first time offensive linemen have gone with the first two picks of the draft since 1968.
And after Miami pulled off a shocker, trading up nine spots from No. 12 to get Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan with the third pick, the Eagles took Oklahoma's Lane Johnson at No. 4.