Ziggy Ansah replaces Cliff Avril


When Cliff Avril walked during free agency to join the Seahawks, the Lions lost a mean dude. Oh, and 9.5 of their 34 total sacks in 2012. Then without Kyle Vanden Bosch too, they lost 3.5 more.

Now they have a freak-ish guy to replace their scary guy. Or something.

After the Eagles secured Lane Johnson with the fourth overall pick while becoming the third team in the top five to select a tackle (try to act surprised…seriously, try), the Lions took Ziggy Ansah, continuing the draft’s expected early theme of hunters and protectors.

Ansah is highly athletic off the edge, but he’s raw after recording just 4.5 sacks last year at BYU. Still, there’s plenty on his tape to indicate exceedingly high upside, and a dominant presence alongside Ndamukong Suh. In a division where pressuring Aaron Rodgers has to happen twice a year and is vital for success, this pick was easy with the top three tackles off the board.