Photo of Kyle Van Noy
Drafted By: Lions
  • Round 2
  • Pick 8
  • Overall 40

Combine Results

Grade
5.42 ?
  • 4.71 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 112.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.22 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.20 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"That's an interesting selection. He can play inside and outside. He does everything well, but I don't know if he has a standout trait. The Lions needed some help at the SAM linebacker spot, and I think that's where Van Noy fits. He can do a little bit of everything." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 31 5/8" Arm Length
  • 243LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Engaged. Raised by adoptive parents. Linebacker-receiver who won a football state championship, ran track and played basketball and baseball as a Nevada prep. Days before 2009 National Signing Day, was arrested for DUI, jeopardizing his scholarship to BYU. When given the opportunity to be released of his commitment and sign elsewhere, he reaffirmed his commitment to BYU and accepted the terms of delayed enrollment, including a full year abiding by the school's honor code and endorsement from an ecclesiastical leader. Also wrote a letter to head coach Bronco Mendenhall, expressing remorse and promising to earn back his trust. A month later, he was reportedly caught with alcohol and cited for eluding police. Charges were eventually dropped, but Van Noy flew to Provo in order to confess to Mendenhall in person, at which time he admitted needing help to straighten out his life. Mendenhall vouched for Van Noy, and the school honored his scholarship the following year. Before the 2010 season, he got sick and lost 30 pounds. Played all 13 games in the fall, starting two at strong outside linebacker in BYU's 3-4 scheme, and was credited with 35 tackles, 7.5 for loss and two sacks with two pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Moved to the weak side permanently in 2011, when he started 8 of 13 games and produced 68 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks with three pass breakups, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and a blocked kick. Sat out 2012 spring practice while recovering from surgery to repair a torn right labrum. Started all 26 games the next two seasons. Totaled 53 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 13 sacks with five pass breakups, two interceptions (one touchdown), six forced fumbles and two blocked kicks in 2012. In 2013, he had 70 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and four sacks with seven pass breakups, two interceptions and a safety in 2013.

Analysis

Strengths

Has a muscular, well-proportioned build. Quick get-off. Knifes gaps. Good pass-rush ability -- can push the pocket or pressure the edge. Keeps working to the quarterback and has deceptive closing speed. Eyes the quarterback and tries to get his hands in the passing lane. Athletic with good movement skills in all directions -- equipped to keep pace with backs and tight ends in coverage. Is rangy and can open up his stride and run vertical. Glides on the field. Scheme versatile. Football smart.

Weaknesses

Has short arms. Lacks elite length and flexibility to bend and flatten. Average instincts and diagnose. Still developing eye discipline. Needs to cultivate a more sophisticated arsenal of pass-rush moves. Leaves some production on the field. Leaves his feet to tackle and slips off the ball carrier. Hit-or-miss run defender. Could stand to improve his upper-body strength and stack-and-shed ability. Average motor -- could pursue with more urgency.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4

Bottom Line

Good-sized, athletic, smooth-moving stand-up player who projects best as a 3-4 right outside linebacker, but could also warrant consideration from 4-3 teams as a Will or Sam. Is not without flaws, but has unique ability to play up the field, laterally or in reverse.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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