He was terrible during the practice week but showed up during the game itself mostly by flashing his superior athleticism and motor. In pass rush I think the only tackle he could consistently beat was Rick Wagner who was one of the worst tackles on either squad from the week of practice. Otherwise his influence on the game was mostly motor stuff, second chance opportunities where the quarterback leaves the pocket or works it improperly, coverage sacks, etc.
Kawann Short was far better at defensive tackle than Zeke Ansah was at defensive end, IMO.
And Cornelius Washington of Georgia was a straight up better pass rusher than Ansah during the game, and was a FAR better pass rusher during the week of practice. That's one guy you'd better look out for rising up the boards.
I like Zeke Ansah a lot. He made plays exactly as you would hope a two-down, base defensive end in your 4-3 defense would. However he came no closer to showing me that he can rush the passer from end or tackle on passing downs and that is the key to whether he's worth it at 12 overall or not.
Perfect example happened in the final 2 minutes. The North was down too much to still win or tie the game but everyone was treating that final 2 minutes exactly like they would a game-ending drive, because they knew that's what the scouts wanted to see. This is where your pass rushers are supposed to close out the game for you. Zeke Ansah got a sack, but it was a pure coverage sack where the coverage was so strong the QB pulled down the ball and ran straight up into where Ansah was. Otherwise, Ansah couldn't get a lick of pressure on this simulated all-important game-ending drive. The North went up the field for a touchdown. That's what you have to be scared about if you're looking at taking him 12 overall. You buy a pass rusher at 12 overall thinking he's going to help you close out the game in situations like those. But instead you had a player that was really no better than Koa Misi would've been in the same situation.