Wed, Apr 24, 2013
There will be a 'foreign flavor' to the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night in New York City. As many as five players born outside the U.S. could hear their name called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Ziggy Ansah, the former BYU defensive end, grew up in Ghana, Africa and moved to the U.S. after meeting a Mormon missionary in Ghana. After trying basketball and track at BYU, he finally settled on football, having never played the game. He was the Most Outstanding Player for the North team at the Senior Bowl and that kicked off a tremendous pre-draft process that will likely land him in the top-5 of the draft.
Bjorn Werner, the German-born defensive end from Florida State, Estonian Margus Hunt from SMU and Aussie Jesse Williams of Alabama could all be drafted in the first round, or second round at the latest.
On the offensive side of the ball, Menelick Watson from Great Britian, the offensive tackle from Florida State should also be a first-round selection.