I think that each player will do exactly as promised. Star will be your basic
old player, put in a steady few years and make some tackles. Ziggy will be fast
and learn fast.
Perhaps a little too cynical. Great college players can be a bust in the NFL,
and unknown players can be stars. We won't know until they play and time
passes. Media prognosticators really aren't much help, are they?
More ute cheerleading from the "Rockmonster." In keeping with the
automotive metaphor used by the "Rockmonster," I'd go with guy
whose motor is running on every play (Ansah) vs the player whose motor is idle
on every other play (Lotulelei.)
In football size, speed and heart are what you need to be good. Ziggy has all
three so I wouldn't worry too much. He's got 90 percent of the
equation, the rest will come from playing more football. There are intuitive
things you'll pick up only through repetition, such as how to shed
blockers, when to hesitate a split second, knowing where the play's going,
etc., but in reality a lot of the things you pick up playing soccer and
basketball translate to football. Ziggy should learn the formations and plays
easily enough. After that it's all about muscle memory and letting your
subconscious pick up cues and take over. That will come with time.
The guys who get paid and have expertise in making the decisions have spoken.
With millions at stake they get paid to get it right. Both guys have issues and
yet they were both picked in the first round. Time will tell.
Wow Brad, talk about throwing water on a fire, you can not be happy for anyone
that succeeds...maybe you feel a need as a sports writer to create controversy
or put a so-called experts spin on any situation...these two players have
already spread their name and profession across the nation and you are still
stuck in Utah trying to become known...be happy for their success...enjoy the
I think both players will be great. Sure Star is a little more proven and
probably a "safer" pick, but Ziggy could end up being all pro IMO. It really just came down to team needs. This Lions needed a DE and the
Panthers need a DT to anchor their re-building defense. Good luck
to both! I think they will make the state and LDS community proud!
Hey Brad, is there a Pulitzer for being the first naysayer? Star will be a
star. And with Ziggy it is all about trajectory and learning curve (no one
doubts his freakish size and athleticism). His humility will allow for the
acceleration of both. Badly done Brad, now go sit in the corner! Maybe while
there you can come up with a story about how the Lone Peak Basketball team is
really made up of self-righteous over-achievers with little athletic ability and
a remarkable string of luck.
I hope that both players have great careers and that they both remain health
during their playing years and life thereafter. You don't hear much about
Ziggy and his personality, so to hear he is humble is a nice surprise. Star has
been documented as he has been in the spotlight for years now, especially the
last 2. No one knows how well either player will perform at the
next level. It all depends on the coaching,the schemes, and the 10 other
players on the field (defensive side here). I am not a fan of Detroit and I
worry about their coaching. They allow too much to go one with Su hurting other
players and playing dirty. I can only hope that Ziggy will do the right thing
and avoid the peer pressure to support such actions as Detroit has shown even
with its own head coach. Either way, good luck gentlemen.Go UTES!!
Brad, the Lions know what they are getting with Ziggy as they coached the Senior
Bowl where Ziggy won 'Most Outstanding Player' for the South team.Coach Jim Schwartz (of the Detroit Lions) had this to say about
Ziggy:“Well, he can play anywhere across the front,”
Schwartz said. “… He’s never played (wide) nine before our
game, and it was an adjustment period. He didn’t know very much before the
beginning of the week. But every practice you saw him get better. And then the
game came, and he dominated the game.“It wasn’t just his
playing ability during the week. You saw what a serious guy he was. You saw how
important it was for him to do well, how he wanted to please the coaches. That
was all an important part of the evaluation. It was a week well spent in
Mobile.”I think Star and Ziggy are both great athletes and
people with the biggest difference being Ziggy is smarter and will learn faster.
I don't mean to put down Star, he is great and the Panthers are lucky to
Another question, Mr. Rock: Why didn't your article talk about Miami
changing the landscape suddenly with their early pick, obtained through a trade,
and the fact that Manti Teo was passed over? What's wrong with some
analysis instead of some contention?
I think the column was actually pretty fair, and certainly reflective of how the
Lions' and Panthers' fanbases are reacting to the picks yesterday.Panthers fans are ecstatic, like they've won the lottery.
Lotulelei fits right into a defense on the rise, with two formidible DEs and a
young and talented LB corps.Lions fans are hopeful for Ansah, but
more than a few are worried, as the term "boom or bust" resonates in a
very negative way in Detroit, given their history.It all remains to
Agreed on the risk to Detroit. There is also a risk to Ansah: Detroit is lousy
and he won't be able to help much. Ansah as a 2nd or 3rd round pick by a
good team (SF, Seattle) would be a much lower risk to Ansah. Like the
"Don't be Jimmer" article appearing recently, Ansah could find
himself in a lose-lose situation.
With teams double teaming Suh anyone who plays with him will have a greater
impact. Zingy will give the lions a talent to make their front better.