The Lions trade up to get their “flamethrower” in BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy and he will be worth the price.
After viewing four games on a snap-by-snap basis (Texas, Boise State, Wisconsin, Washington), I gave Van Noy a 6.9 grade (early second round). Here’s an excerpt from his scouting report:
Kyle Van Noy – OLB – BYU
Height: 6031 Weight: 243 40 Time: 4.71
NFL Comparison: Akeem Ayers
Adequate size. Smooth athlete with fluid movement skills. Has deceptive speed. Very effective pass rusher – quick first step, knows how to set up OL and has explosive close to finish. Naturally instinctive with high degree of FBI. Fundamentally sound tackler. Playmaker.
Lacks elite athletic characteristics. Linear athlete who is not sudden in his COD. Off and on run defender who needs to get stronger and shed blocks quicker. Motor does not always run hot – needs to play with better sense of urgency vs. runs away. Doesn’t have a lot of experience in M/M coverage.
Van Noy, who returned to BYU for his senior season after a breakout junior year (2nd in FBS in sacks; 3rd in TFL), finished his college career with 226 tackles, 26 sacks, 62 TFL and seven interceptions. In spite of offensive units’ game-planning for him this season, Van Noy still managed to make plays. Though he lacks elite speed and lateral suddenness, Van Noy is a smooth athlete whose instincts allow him to play faster than his timed speed. He’s particularly devastating rushing off the edge, where he utilizes a quick first step and innate ability to set up and side-step OL to wreak havoc behind the LOS. Certainly he’s not without his flaws. While adequate in zone, he could struggle in man coverage and you’d like to see more consistent effort in pursuit. However, Van Noy’s instincts, ability to rush the passer and cover in zone, provides him with the ability to be effective in multiple schemes. Second round prospect with the ability to start early at OLB in a 34 front or SAM in a 43 front.
A versatile three down backer, Van Noy’s pass rush skills would provide a lift to a defense that finished 28th in the league in sacks last season.