BYU’s Ansah No. 49 BHAFB NFL Draftee


BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah became the 49th former Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl participant to be selected in the National Football League draft as the Cougar defender was the fifth overall pick in the 2013 selection process by the Detroit Lions.

A special team’s performer in the 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl when BYU scored a 24-21 come-from-behind win over Tulsa in the game played at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Ansah is also highest bowl game participant to be selected in the opening round of the NFL draft.

Other Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl participants picked in the NFL first-round were Kansas defensive back Aqib Talib (2008 draft, picked 20th by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and two Cal players - Alex Mack (2009, 21st by the Cleveland Browns) and defensive tackle Tyson Alualu (2010, 10th by the Jacksonville Jaguars).

Nine former BHAFB participants were selected in the second-round followed by three in the third-round, six in the fourth-round, eight in the fifth-round, seven in the sixth-round, and 12 in the seventh-round.

Player, School, BHAFB game, Position, Height, Weight, Drafted (team/round/pick/year)

  • Daryn Colledge, Boise State, 2003, T, 6-4, 300, Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 47th pick / 2006
  • Gerald Alexander, Boise State, 2003, DB, 6-0, 210, Detroit Lions / 2nd / 61st pick / 2007
  • Legedu Naanee, Boise State, 2003, WR, 6-2, 225, San Diego Chargers / 5th / 172nd pick / 2007
  • Korey Hall, Boise State, 2003, LB, 6-1, 230, Green Bay Packers / 6th / 192nd pick / 2007
  • Derek Schouman, Boise State, 2003, TE-FB, 6-2, 247, Buffalo Bills / 7th / 222nd pick / 2007
  • Bo Schobel, TCU, 2003, DE, 6-5, 268, Tennessee Titans / 4th / 103rd pick / 2004
  • Anthony Alabi, TCU, 2003, T, 6-5, 315, Miami Dolphins / 5th / 162nd pick / 2005
  • Michael Toudouze, TCU, 2003, G, 6-6, 302, Indianapolis Colts / 5th / 162nd pick / 2006
  • Herbert Taylor, TCU, 2003, T, 6-4, 282, Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 196th pick / 2007
     
  • Trent Cole, Cincinnati, 2004, DE-LB, 6-3, 270, Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 146th pick / 2005
  • Tyjuan Hagler, Cincinnati, 2004, LB, 6-0, 236, Indianapolis Colts / 5th / 173rd pick / 2005
  • Daven Holly, Cincinnati, 2004, DB, 5-10, 186, San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 215th pick / 2005
  • John Bowie, Cincinnati, 2004, DB, 5-11, 186, Oakland Raiders / 4th / 110th pick / 2007
  • Brent Celek, Cincinnati, 2004, TE, 6-4, 261, Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 162nd pick / 2007
  • Haruki Nakamura, Cincinnati, 2004, DB, 5-10, 190, Baltimore Ravens / 6th / 206th pick / 2008
  • Jonathan Goddard, Marshall, 2004, DE, 6-0, 242, Detroit Lions / 6th / 206th pick / 2005
  • Ahmad Bradshaw, Marshall, 2004, RB, 5-11, 195, New York Giants / 7th / 250th pick / 2007
     
  • Kevin Kolb, Houston, 2005, QB, 6-3, 218, Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 36th pick / 2007
  • Donnie Avery, Houston, 2005, WR, 5-11, 186, St. Louis Rams / 2nd / 33rd pick / 2008
  • Sebastian Vollmer, Houston, 2008, T, 6-8, 315, New England Patriots / 2nd / 58th pick / 2009
  • Aqib Talib, Kansas, 2005, DB, 6-2, 202, Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 20th pick / 2008
  • Anthony Collins, Kansas, 2005, T, 6-6, 308, Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 112th pick / 2008
  • Derek Fine, Kansas, 2005, TE, 6-2, 250, Buffalo Bills / 4th / 132nd pick / 2008
     
  • Chris Chamberlain, Tulsa, 2006, DB, 6-2, 226, St. Louis Rams / 7th / 228th pick / 2008
  • Eric Weddle, Utah, 2006, DB, 5-11, 203, San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 37th pick / 2007
  • Paul Soliai, Utah, 2006, DT, 6-4, 344, Miami Dolphins / 4th / 108th pick / 2007
  • Sean Smith, Utah, 2006, DB, 6-2, 215, Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 61st pick / 2009
  • Brice McCain, Utah, 2006, DB, 5-9, 185, Houston Texans / 6th / 188th pick / 2009
  • Freddie Brown, Utah, 2006, WR, 6-4, 215, Cincinnati Bengals 7th / 252nd / 2009
  • Zane Beadles, Utah, 2006, G, 6-4, 310, Denver Broncos / 2nd / 45th pick / 2010
  • Stevenson Sylvester, Utah, 2006, LB, 6-2, 225, Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 166th pick / 2010
  • R. J. Stanford, Utah, 2006, DB, 5-10, 183, Carolina Panthers / 7th / 223th pick / 2010
     
  • DeSean Jackson, Cal, 2007, WR, 6-0, 178, Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 49th pick / 2008
  • Craig Stevens, Cal, 2007, TE, 6-3, 255, Tennessee Titans / 3rd / 85th pick / 2008
  • Thomas DeCoud, Cal, 2007, DB, 6-1, 196, Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 98th pick / 2008
  • Lavelle Hawkins, Cal, 2007, WR, 5-11, 187, Tennessee Titans / 4th / 126th pick / 2008
  • Justin Forsett, Cal, 2007, RB, 5-8, 190, Seattle Seahawks / 7th / 233rd pick / 2008
  • Alex Mack, Cal, 2007, C, 6-4, 312, Cleveland Browns / 1st / 21st pick / 2009
  • Zack Follett, Cal, 2007, LB, 6-2, 231, Detroit Lions / 7th / 235th pick / 2009
  • Cameron Morrah, Cal, 2007, TE, 6-3, 244, Seattle Seahawks / 7th / 248th pick / 2009
  • Tyson Alualu, Cal, 2007, DT, 6-3, 295, Jacksonville Jaguars / 1st / 10th pick / 2010
  • Syd'Quan Thompson, Cal, 2007, DB, 5-9, 182, Denver Broncos / 7th / 225th pick / 2010
  • Chris Conte, Cal, 2007, DB, 6-2, 197, Chicago Bears / 3rd / 93rd pick / 2011
  • Mike Mohamed, Cal, 2007, LB, 6-3, 239, Denver Broncos / 6th / 189th pick / 2011
     
  • Aldrick Robinson, SMU, 2010, WR, 5-10, 184, Washington Redskins / 6th / 178th pick / 2011
  • Taylor Thompson, SMU, 2010, TE, 6-6, 259, Tennessee Titans / 5th / 145th pick / 2012
  • Richard Crawford, SMU, 2010, DB, 5-11, 191, Washington Redskins / 7th / 213th pick / 2012
  • Kelvin Beachum, SMU, 2010, T, 6-2, 303, Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 248th pick / 2012

     

  • Ezekiel Ansah. BYU, 2011, DE, 66-270, Detroit Lions / 1st / 5th / 2013