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Lions’ top pick Ansah signs, turns to practice

– Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah was in Honolulu Blue and silver and on the field for the first time.

The Detroit Lions, though, knew they were going to like what they saw from Ansah because they spent a week with him at the Senior Bowl in January.

“We knew what to expect from him athletically,” coach Jim Schwartz said. “... You can tell that everything’s new to him, but he picks things up quickly.”

Ansah grew up in Ghana and played soccer, basketball and ran track before putting on football pads for the first time in 2010 at BYU.

Three years later, Detroit drafted him with the No. 5 pick overall.

“It’s an exciting time for me,” Ansah said Friday after signing a five-year contract. “I did the contract. That was over with, so all I had to do was focus on the practice.”

Detroit signed all of its draft picks before taking the field for minicamp.

Rookie signings

The New York Jets signed offensive linemen Oday Aboushi, the team’s fifth-round draft pick, and Will Campbell, a sixth-rounder. The Jets have their two first-round picks – cornerback Dee Milliner and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson – and second-rounder quarterback Geno Smith left unsigned. …

Buffalo signed receiver Marquise Goodwin, the 78th overall pick. The Bills also signed their fourth-round pick, defensive back Duke Williams; fifth-round pick, defensive back Jonathan Meeks; and sixth-round pick, kicker Dustin Hopkins. The Bills have yet to sign their first-round pick, quarterback EJ Manuel. …

Kansas City signed offensive lineman Eric Kush, a sixth-round pick, and linebacker Mike Catapano, a seventh-round pick, leaving six draft picks unsigned. …

New Orleans signed third-round draft pick John Jenkins to a four-year contract. …

Dallas signed linebacker DeVonte Holloman, the Cowboys’ sixth-round draft pick, to a four-year contract. …

The New York Giants signed four draft choices: defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins, defensive end Damontre Moore, safety Cooper Taylor and running back Michael Cox.

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