49ers hosting a pair of former top-5 pass-rushers in Ziggy Ansah, Dion Jordan

49ers, Ezekiel Ansah (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
49ers, Ezekiel Ansah (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

The San Francisco 49ers are taking a look at two former top-5 pass-rushers in Ziggy Ansah and Dion Jordan.

The San Francisco 49ers are kicking the tires on a pair of former top-5 NFL Draft picks in an effort to bolster their pass-rush depth.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday that the team has brought in former Detroit Lions pass-rusher Ezekiel Ansah to undergo a physical and take a COVID-19 test.

Rapoport did indicate that nothing official was in the works just yet, but it would appear as though the 49ers are very interested if they’ve gone through the trouble of administering these tests.

Ansah isn’t the only former highly-touted pass-rusher the 49ers are bringing him, however.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter later reported that the team was also hosting former Miami Dolphins draft bust Dion Jordan on a visit.

The 49ers maintained the majority of their defensive-line depth in the offseason, but did lose superstar defensive tackle DeForest Buckner in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts. However, Buckner is expected to be replaced by first-round pick Javon Kinlaw.

The defensive line is still the strength of this 49ers team, but there’s no doubt that either Ansah or Jordan would make the unit better.

Both Ziggy Ansah and Dion Jordan could provide value to the 49ers’ defense.

Ansah played in 11 games with the Seattle Seahawks last season totaling just 2.5 sacks while dealing with injuries. The athletically-gifted Ansah has always been one of the streakiest pass-rushers in the NFL and his sack production over the years is evidence of that.

The 31-year-old totaled 14.5 sacks in 2015 and 12 sacks in 2017, but in between Ansah has finished with season sack totals of 2.0, 4.0, and 2.5. Consistency has always been a major issue for Ansah.

As for Jordan, the former No. 3 overall pick never developed into the difference-making pass-rusher that the Dolphins hoped he would be. Suspensions ultimately marred his career, but he did see a bit of a resurgence with the Seahawks.

Jordan spent last year with the Raiders where he played seven games and managed two sacks working as a hybrid edge-defender/interior pass-rusher.

Both Ansah and Jordan are interesting cases of athletically-gifted pass-rushers who ultimately never lived up to their draft status. At this stage, neither should be seen as a starting-caliber player.

But each could serve a valuable role as part of the defensive line rotation on the 49ers defense.

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It remains to be seen if either will end up in a Niners uniform, but it’s safe to say that the 49ers could benefit from adding at least one of them to their roster.