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Kyle Van Noy | Linebacker

Team: Brigham Young Cougars
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 235

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Lions selected BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy with the No. 40 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Van Noy (6-foot-3 1/4, 243) was the 2013 FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Year, finishing his career with 62 tackles for loss, 26 sacks, seven picks, and 11 forced fumbles. He blocked three kicks on special teams. Van Noy ran 4.71 at the Combine, but underwhelmed in the broad jump (9-foot-4) and vertical (32 1/2"). A noted film junky, Van Noy is a better football player than athlete, but lacks explosiveness off the edge. He's like a less-physical version of Connor Barwin with cover skills, range, and plus closing speed. He should slot in at strong-side 'backer in Detroit, upgrading on Ashlee Palmer, and could rush the passer with his hand in the dirt in sub-packages. Fri, May 9, 2014 07:49:00 PM

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Draft insider Tony Pauline reports that BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy is receiving the "greatest amount of interest" from the Falcons, Patriots, Lions, Chargers, Jaguars and Ravens.

Interestingly, Pauline says that half of those team see him as an inside linebacker, ostensibly with the other three intent on keeping him as an OLB. "Van Noy looks like a solid second round choice in two weeks," Pauline writes. The Cougars' star could also surprise in the late first. Van Noy, who had 63 tackles, 17.5 TFL, four sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and seven pass deflections in 2013, has momentum on his side.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 07:44:00 PM's Tim Twentyman reports that the Lions had a pre-draft visit with BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy.

The Cougars prospect happened to played with the Lions 2013 No. 5 draft pick, Ziggy Ansah. Ansah has mentioned that Van Noy was the best player on the BYU defense back in 2012. Last season Van Noy had 63 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and seven pass deflections as a senior for the Cougars. Van Noy has generated some buzz going into the draft, and some evaluators think he could go early in the second round.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 05:25:00 PM

BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy has met with the Ravens.

Van Noy played in BYU's 3-4 scheme and looks like a good fit for the Ravens' 3-4 alignment. Baltimore, however, has Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs as starting OLBs, and their picks (17th in the first round, 16th in the second round) appear to be too soon, and then too late, to take the Cougars' star. Van Noy (6-foot-3, 243 pounds) should be an early second-round pick, though he could possibly go in the late first round.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 09:39:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy as the No. 32 overall prospect.

Van Noy is starting to move up draft boards. He debuted at No. 25 overall on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's most recent Big Board, and the venerable analyst called the Cougar "one of my favorite players in the draft." Rang isn't going to argue with him: "Plays with more of a finesse rather than forceful style that will turn off some scouts, but in terms of versatility and production, Van Noy ranks among the elite defenders in the entire class."
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 05:42:00 PM

BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy made his debut at No. 25 overall on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's most recent Big Board.

If you follow Kiper, you know he's fallen head over heels for the Cougars' product. "Exceptional in pursuit both against the run and when he's asked to rush the passer, Van Noy plays fast and consistently makes the right read, which puts him in position to make plays," Kiper wrote. "When he has the ball in his sights he's explosive and can both change directions quickly and pursue with great pace. He can attack the backfield and chase plays down." In Thursday's published mock draft, Kiper slotted Van Noy to the Vikings at No. 40, writing: "One of my favorite players in the draft, the instinctive and explosive linebacker goes to a team that needs to add at least one in the draft."
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 08:57:00 PM

BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy is scheduled to visit the Jaguars.

Van Noy can play a variety of linebacker spots, with some projecting him as an on the line of scrimmage player, strong side backer, or even a weakside prospect. He is one of the few linebackers we trust in coverage.
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 12:30:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper said BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy is "a very underrated player" who is "going to be a nice second-round pick."

"Probably should go a little higher than that, but probably won't," Kiper said. The analyst said Van Noy's game tape left him "tremendously impressed." Van Noy (6-foot-3 1/4, 246 pounds), similar to Ohio State's Ryan Shazier, is a versatile prospect that teams must make a fit determination on before the process reaches draft day. Rotoworld's Josh Norris projects him as a strong side linebacker in an under front.
Thu, Apr 3, 2014 07:45:00 PM

BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy elected not to test for scouts at BYU's pro day.

Van Noy (6-foot-3 1/4, 246 pounds), however, "moved really well in the linebacker drills," observed's Gil Brandt. Van Noy needs to add to his tool box of pass rushing moves, but he has the physical ability to make it work at the next level. "Van Noy is very athletic and showed that he has good hands catching the football," wrote Brandt. "He appears to be a second-day draft pick, probably in the third round."
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 06:28:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline reports that the San Diego Chargers met with BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy.

"San Diego Chargers met with Kyle Van Noy/LB/BYU yesterday before today's pro-day for film work," Pauline tweeted. Van Noy could fit as an outside linebacker in the Chargers 3-4 defense. He's a smart versatile athlete that can be used on passing downs to cover tight ends as well. This is the second meeting that the Chargers have had with Van Noy, as they met with him during Senior Bowl Week. With outside linebacker Jarret Johnson getting long in the tooth, Van Noy could compete for a starting job while learning from a quality veteran.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 04:37:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy needs to add more pass rushing moves.

Brugler notes Van Noy is smart and active, but he "looks disinterested in using his hands at times." Hand use is important for a player like Van Noy in order for him to sustain success as a pass rusher, since he is not an overly explosive player. Our own Josh Norris projects Van Noy as a strong side linebacker in an under front.
Tue, Feb 18, 2014 08:50:00 AM

BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Van Noy is listed as a linebacker, so he will likely see more time as a traditional defender at the second level rather than stand up edge rusher. He should see time in coverage and in one on one pass rushing drills. Van Noy's versatility might be his best trait.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 01:22:00 PM

Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy has received an invitation to the 2014 Senior Bowl.

The event takes place on January 25, 2014. We aren't so sure if Van Noy will attend, since he is one of the more well known senior prospects and the event does not necessarily highlight skills of outside linebackers. He should see time in 1 on 1 pass rushing drills, however.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 09:58:00 AM

BYU senior OLB Kyle Van Noy made five tackles, one for a loss, and recorded an interception against Utah State on Friday.

Some might point to Van Noy only have one sack to his name through four games, but the senior was everywhere on Friday night. His versatility is excellent, which could land him in a strong side linebacker role next to a four man down lineman front.
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 10:59:00 AM

BYU senior OLB Kyle Van Noy collected 2.5 tackles for loss in Saturday's loss to Virginia.

Van Noy returned to school after a strong junior campaign, a decision later lampooned by Draft insider Tony Pauline. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah listed Van Noy as the 48th best player in college football coming into the season, while's Bucky Brooks believes the 'backer is a fringe first-round prospect at the moment. Van Noy is not an outstanding athlete, but he provides great scheme versatility and is exceptional at using his hands at the point of attack.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 02:40:00 PM