Scouting Report-Ansah is a guy you look at and realize that he was born to play football. He's got near ideal size for a cornerback, and he carries his weight really well. I've only had a chance to watch him play a couple of times so rather than just fabricate a report or copy what anyone else says, like so many site so(and don't kid yourself, Indiana(PA) games are hard to come by), I will tell you what I saw. I saw a player who looks to a wide receiver playing cornerback. He does a nice job mirroring receivers, and looks better in the air, in terms of his hands than many corners do. Great ball skills. He's fast on the field and really quick, especially in his change of direction. Showed more in man than zone, but looked good in both. One thing that could get him drafted is his ability as a kick returner. He's dangerous in the open field with the ball in his hands. On the downside, he did get beat on some plays because he tried to make the big play instead of the sure play, which will get fans worked up. And although it could have just been the games I saw, he showed very little in terms of run support. Not much of a tackler.
Draft Status-This is a really good cornerback group, so I struggle to see AOA being drafted any higher than the third round. But when you have a small school player with what looks to be a lot of upside, there's always a chance that some team will just at him earlier. I'd put him in the top 100 picks, somewhere in the back half of the third round.C
Final Analysis-I am always skeptical about small school players regardless of what physical tools they displayed. That's mainly because he hasn't had to cover an NFL caliber WR in his career and if he has, they have been rare. It's not hard to look great, when you are covering guys who walk on to Division II programs. His size and measureables are spot on. But he's not a run defender and teams don't like that, but on the plus side he's a dynamicl kick returner. Techincally in coverage he plays a little high at times and you can see he's more raw than many, using his natural gifts to get him by rather than footwork and posture. He'll need to improve that. I understand he's had some health problems so of course those will need to be cleared up. He might end up a safety in the NFL where he can play center field and man up with tight ends and slot receivers. No doubt his upside is there, but I will remain a skeptic.
Reminds me of: Ricardo Colclough, CB Unemployed-Colclough was another highly touted small school cornerback, who teams fell in love with his measureables and upside, and ended up being drafted in the 2nd round. But in the long run, he was unable to develop the technique to matchup with NFL wide outs. I think AOA can be slightly better, especially if he can move to FS, but the risk/reward for a guy like this is high.
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy