DETROIT -

With the 5th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have selected BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah.

Detroit drafted Ansah on Thursday night to address a glaring need.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team's first pick would be expected to play a major role right away after drafting players who were reserves as rookies.

Ansah grew up in Ghana and tried out for the basketball team at BYU. Three years ago, Ziggy Ansah didn't even know how to put on shoulder pads.

Now, he's got a shot to start on an NFL team.