2013 Draft

Is Ezekiel Ansah Too Old For The Steelers To Draft?

BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is a player that several people have the Pittsburgh Steelers taking in the first round of the 2013 draft in their mock drafts. In fact, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper even has him as the Steelers first round selection in his latest 2.0 mock draft.

Ansah, who only started playing football in 2010, is already 23 years old according to Kiper, and while his birth date is unconfirmed, we think that he will be 8733 days old come draft day. Why is that so important? Well, if the Steelers do wind up selecting him he would be the oldest player that general manager Kevin Colbert has ever drafted in the first round since taking over in 2000.

As it stands right now, Casey Hampton is the oldest player the Steelers have ever drafted in the first round and that was way back in 2001. On that particular draft day Hampton was 8632 days old. Ansah, if the above number is indeed correct, would be 101 days older then even Hampton was.

Sure, Ansah might have less football wear and tear on him being as he took up the game so late in life, but if indeed he were to be drafted by the Steelers with the intent of him playing outside linebacker, you would have to figure that he wouldn\’t see the field on the defensive side of the ball until his second season at the earliest. The same would go if the Steelers intended on converting him to a 3-4 defensive end instead, which I don\’t see happening.

The Steelers generally like to draft underclassmen types in round one. The younger the better in their eyes, so it would really go against the grain if they drafted Ansah, especially considering that he is not a plug and play candidate in his rookie season.

Below is a list of the Steelers first round draft picks dating back to 2000 along with their ages.

YEAR PLAYER D.O.B. D.O.D. AGE – Years, Months, Days DAYS OLD
2000 Plaxico Burress 8/12/77 4/15/2000 22 years, 8 months, 4 days 8283
2001 Casey Hampton 9/3/77 4/21/2001 23 years, 7 months, 19 days 8632
2002 Kendall Simmons 3/11/79 4/20/2002 23 years, 1 month, 10 days 8442
2003 Troy Polamalu 4/19/81 4/26/2003 22 years, 8 days 8043
2004 Ben Roethlisberger 3/2/82 4/24/2004 22 years, 1 month, 23 days 8090
2005 Heath Miller 10/22/82 4/23/2005 22 years, 6 months, 2 days 8220
2006 Santonio Holmes 3/3/84 4/29/2006 22 years, 1 month, 27 days 8093
2007 Lawrence Timmons 5/14/86 4/28/2007 20 years, 11 months, 15 days 7655
2008 Rashard Mendenhall 6/19/87 4/26/2008 20 years, 10 months, 8 days 7618
2009 Ziggy Hood 2/16/87 4/25/2009 22 years, 2 months, 10 days 8105
2010 Maurkice Pouncey 7/24/89 4/22/2010 20 years, 8 months, 30 days 7578
2011 Cameron Heyward 5/6/89 4/28/2011 21 years, 11 months, 23 days 8028
2012 David Decastro 1/11/90 4/26/2012 22 years, 3 months, 16 days 8142
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