Film Breakdown: Ezekiel Ansah Adds Firepower to Seahawks Pass Rush
With the compensatory pick deadline passed, the Seahawks finally addressed their most glaring weakness and found an adequate replacement for Frank Clark by signing veteran pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah to a one-year deal.
Ansah, 29, has been highly productive during his six-year NFL career when healthy, registering 48.0 sacks and 110 quarterback hits. The former first-round pick out of BYU posted double digit sacks twice with the Lions, including amassing a career-best 14.5 and earning Second-Team All-Pro accolades in 2015.
After undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, concerns remain about Ansah's durability, as he's only played 16 games in a season twice. There's a reason he remained unsigned until after the conclusion of the 2019 NFL Draft instead of cashing in on a mega-deal as originally expected.
But there’s also no question about Ansah's ability to be a disruptive force when healthy. Even with only 101 pass rushing snaps for Detroit in 2018, Pro Football Focus credited him with 20 pressures, giving him the highest pressure percentage among qualified players in the league.
What makes Ansah such a dynamic pass rusher and how will the Seahawks make the best use of their new weapon replacing Clark in the lineup?
Check out my latest film study as I look back at two of Ansah's most dominant performances from the 2017 season as well as several of his games from last season.