An interesting scenario: Ansah and Kruger creating a pass-rushing tandem in Cleveland

Recently, there have been plenty of national NFL media pundits giving their best guess on where former BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah will be taken in next month’s NFL draft.

One idea that has particular intrigue for both BYU and Utah fans alike comes from Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal columnist Marla Ridenour. With the Browns signing former Ute standout Paul Kruger to a five-year, $40 million deal on Tuesday, expecting him to become a pass-rushing force at outside linebacker, Ridenour suggested the team should add a second pass rusher via the draft.

Cleveland holds the No. 6 pick in the draft’s first round, and Ridenour said the Browns should take either Ansah, Oregon’s Dion Jordan or Georgia’s Jarvis Jones to man the outside linebacker position opposite Kruger.

“Kruger and Jordan/Jones/Ansah would both be stars,” Ridenour wrote.

How would this move be viewed by BYU fans? Could a Cougar and a Ute co-exist and work together to create havoc for quarterbacks?

Kruger has been credited for his hard-work mentality that helped him break out this past season and earn a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens. Ansah is seen as a physical specimen who has only touched the surface of his football potential.

Their skills could complement each other on the field.

The only big negative is, will the Browns — who’ve had only two winning seasons since the team returned to Cleveland in the late 1990s — turn around their program? Watching Ansah and Kruger teaming up together on a struggling team, even if they are individually doing well, could get old.

Regardless, this type of scenario would give Cougar and Ute fans plenty to talk about.


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