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Lions take BYU DE Ziggy Ansah No. 5 in draft

PROVO, UT - OCTOBER 13: Ezekiel Ansah #47 of BYU Cougars looks to the sidelines during a game against the Oregon State Beavers during the first half of a college football game October 13, 2012 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah.  (George Frey / Getty Images)
Ezekiel Ansah: DE, Brigham Young (George Frey / Getty Images)
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Updated: 4/25/2013 9:52 pm
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions have selected BYU's Ziggy Ansah with the No. 5 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Detroit drafted Ansah on Thursday night to address a glaring need.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team's first pick would be expected to play a major role right away after drafting players who were reserves as rookies.

Ansah grew up in Ghana and tried out for the basketball team at BYU. Three years ago, Ziggy Ansah didn't even know how to put on shoulder pads.

Now, he's got a shot to start on an NFL team.

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