Oct 25, 2013; Provo, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy (3) attempts to rush around the block of Boise State Broncos offensive linesman Travis Averill (73) during the second half at Lavell Edwards Stadium. Brigham Young won 37-20. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions 2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Kyle Van Noy

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

Strong Points:
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.

Weak Points:
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.

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  • YouGuyz42

    Van Noy would be an instant improvement over Palmer…you take Van Noy in the second, you have to think it’s to replace Palmer.

    • Ackerman

      Palmer may have a bit more range, but Van Noy’s pass rush skills are far superior.

  • cbdbhd89

    Kyle would be an incredible second round pick for the Lions. Mel even said so.

    • Ackerman

      I don’t always agree with Kiper, but I do in this case – Van Noy would be a good second round choice for the Lions

  • calvinfan33

    I still think Van Noy could use some work with his pass-rush skills. Nothing too major — an NFL program would be able to easily help him develop them.

  • Nickcageluvvr

    More like Kyle Van Not

  • GoCougsGo

    Would love to see ziggy and van noy back together.

  • Anonymous Anonymizer

    Keep in mind that BYU averaged almost 100 plays a game last year, so every down players like Van Noy played about 40% more plays than other players on other teams. He was in amazing shape to play that many plays and not break down over the course of the season.

    • RTmePLZ9

      Agreed, KVN has the athleticism needed to be an impact player at the next level. First round Barr, second round Van Noy, third round EJ Gaines…IMO.

      • Ackerman

        I like all three players you listed RT. Gaines is a bit smaller than the Lions like their corners, but is a heck of a player.

        • FearTheSpear28

          Sometimes good things come in small packages.

    • Ackerman

      Great point AA – his durability is commendable given he’s constantly going up against OL who have 50 to 90 pounds on him.

  • mitch696969

    There will be many takers, there is some equivalent guys and even some faster guys which intrigue me and I think the Lions will settle on finding someone very similar to Van Noy but probably not Van Noy… You have some undersized de than can play olb
    if given the chance and they may address later than expected