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Ziggy Ansah, BYU 6'5", 271 lbs.
Failing to make BYU's hoops squad, the Ghanaian walked on to the football team; he had 62 tackles and 4½ sacks in 2011. Evaluators admire his sweet feet and stout frame, which Ansah calls "a delicate flower." Venus flytrap might be more accurate.
Projection: Top 10
Bjoern Werner, FSU 6'3", 266 lbs.
Who'd have thought the 2012 ACC defensive player of the year would be a former exchange student from Berlin? Werner's pass-rushing (23½ career sacks) and run-stuffing (35 TFLs) compare favorably with another do-it-all end: the Rams' Chris Long.
Projection: Mid--first round
Trevardo Williams, UConn 6'1", 241 lbs.
The Jamaica native has speed to burn: He was a three-time 100m state finalist in high school, and 24 times won the race to the QB at UConn. But his lack of size has teams considering a move to linebacker.
Projection: Late second or early third round