Kyle Van Noy, OLB

School: Brigham Young  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Reno, NV
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 243 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.712.72-21 32 1/2-4.207.22
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.622.651.6221 32 1/29'4"4.207.22

Player Overview

A likely top 64 pick had he left BYU following his junior season, some observers questioned Van Noy's decision to return to school. He said he had "unfinished business," and proved in 2013 that his playmaking ways are a reflection of his terrific instincts and efficient athleticism rather than a reflection of the Cougars' level of competition.

Van Noy doesn't wow you with his frame or his straight-line speed, but he ranks among the country's most pro-ready defenders because he does the little things so well. He's subtle rather than physical, which draws complaints from some scouts, but Van Noy is highly effective.

A jack-of-all-trades linebacker, Van Noy has 'tweener traits and needs to get stronger to better match up with NFL blockers, but Van Noy's twitchy athleticism and ability to drop in coverage will be appealing to 3-4 defenses.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Quick, instinctive linebacker with excellent reaction skills. Athletic enough in coverage, showing balance and change of direction. Locates the ball quickly and provides good effort in pursuit. Impressed at the Senior Bowl with his fluidity and instincts in coverage by closing quickly to bat away multiple passes during practices.

Shows excellent play recognition, taking on blockers with the correct shoulder (allowing him to slide off would-be blockers and into ballcarriers easily) and is equally effective slipping into coverage or sliding past offensive linemen on his way toward a tackle behind the line of scrimmage.

Surprised many coaches and teammates by returning for senior season, then battled through late-season injury to stay on the field and serve as the defense's leader.

WEAKNESSES: Not an elite athlete overall. A bit slow to 'shoot his gun' when ballcarriers are running at him and relies too much on a simple bull-rush when coming off the edge. Wasn't as disruptive as a senior, in part due to opponents game-planning to avoid him. However, he was also without 2013 first-round pick DL Ziggy Ansah occupying blockers in front of him.

Relies on instincts and efficiency, rather than physicality. Beats blockers to the action, rather than taking them on shedding violently and isn't an explosive tackler. Projects best as a traditional outside linebacker in the 4-3 alignment because of this lack of take-on mentality, though he has shown the ability to get to the quarterback.

Compares To: Chad Greenway, Vikings - Greenway might just be the best all-around outside linebacker in the NFL, and comparing any rookie to him is therefore hyperbole. Van Noy plays with similar instincts and efficiency, however, making plays behind the line of scrimmage as well as dropping back into coverage with impressive consistency. He isn't flashy or physically dominant, but ranks among the safer prospects in the 2014 draft.

--Rob Rang (2/12/14)

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