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2015 NFL DRAFT

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.
5652
Player News
05/12/2014 - The Lions first stumbled onto outside linebacker Keith Van Noy when they were scouting Ziggy Ansah at BYU in 2013. "Yeah, we saw a lot of him playing last year and it was really kind of, 'Who is this guy?'" Mayhew said. "You're watching Ziggy and this guy's making all these plays. He and Ziggy are really great friends too. When I visited with him when he was here, he was telling me how they were roommates together on the road trips and stuff, so I think Ziggy's probably happy wherever he is right now. But this guy is going to really help our football team." Van Noy is 6-3, 243 pounds, with 4.71-second speed in 40 yards and a 78-inch wing span. He created quite a bit of mayhem during his time at BYU. He made a school record 62 tackles for loss and 26 sacks. He posted seven interceptions, 17 pass breakups and scored seven defensive touchdowns. He also blocked two punts. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 2/40 - Keith Van Noy, OLB, 6-3, 243, BYU....The Lions are going to deploy a closed end and an open end along the defensive front this year. Van Noy, who was a disruptive force both in pass rush and coverage, will play on the open side along with fellow BYU product Ziggy Ansah. The Lions thinks he fits the role so well, they traded up five spots to get him. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Mayhew said he explored moving up higher in the first round but couldn't make the right deal. The deal he did make, to move up five spots in the second round to draft Van Noy, wound up being costly. He gave up his fourth round pick to Seattle (111) and losing that pick cost him two or three cornerbacks who he would have liked to take. "When you start getting into the sixth, seventh rounds, we were seeing good players, so the depth was there," he said. "It's hard sitting there, especially the whole fourth round and watching that whole round go by because we liked a lot of those guys, and then see them getting drafted." - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 56/5. Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU, 6-3, 243, 4.62, 2...An unusually disciplined player who combines natural read-and-react skills and fluid athleticism to make plays. Named All-Independent Defensive Player of the Year after a 2013 season that included 13 sacks and 22 tackles for loss. Showed off his coverage skills at the Senior Bowl practices, where he batted away several passes and looked at home in underneath zones. Even more effective going forward as a pass rusher, always looking for the strip sack and forced 11 career fumbles. Frankly: Needs IT factor -- Increased Toughness. Well-built, three-down linebacker flashes the ability to do almost anything, but is a runaround-and-chase type and not as consistently dominant as his various abilities might indicate. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Five players who should be on the Minnesota Vikings' draft radar...OLB Kyle Van Noy: The Vikings have several intriguing young options at linebacker but could see Van Noy in the second round as a similarly safe pick as Donald in the first. Van Noy isn't as physical as some scouts would like but he anticipates very well, consistently beating linemen to the action and has a nice shoulder dip to slip past would-be blockers to make the stop. The Vikings may love young prospects Audie Cole, Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti (among others) but Van Noy would offer intriguing flexibility. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/15/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Linebackers: Kyle Van Noy, BYU, 6-3, 243, 4.71, 1-2...An unusually disciplined player who combines natural read-and-react skills and fluid athleticism to make plays. Named All-Independent Defensive Player of the Year after a 2013 season that included 13 sacks and 22 tackles for loss. Showed off his coverage skills at the Senior Bowl practices, where he batted away several passes and looked at home in underneath zones. Even more effective going forward as a pass rusher, always looking for the strip sack and forced 11 career fumbles. Frankly: Needs IT factor -- Increased Toughness. Well-built, three-down linebacker flashes the ability to do almost anything, but is a runaround-and-chase type and not as consistently dominant as his various abilities might indicate. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 38. Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU, 6-3, 244, 4.68, 1-2...Instinctive linebacker with excellent reaction skills. Athletic enough in coverage, locates the ball quickly and provides good effort in pursuit. Impressed at the Senior Bowl with his fluidity in coverage by closing quickly to bat away multiple passes during practices. Must get stronger to cope with NFL blockers. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/22/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl Wednesday: OLBs Attaochu, Van Noy step up to pressure...Van Noy is a much more polished defender than Attaochu. He could have entered last year's draft and earned a top 64 selection. Some questioned his decision to return. In doing so, however, he's proven that his playmaking ways are a reflection of his terrific instincts and efficient athleticism rather than a reflection on the Cougars' level of competition.

The 6-foot-3, 244-pound 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. Van Noy shows excellent play recognition, takes on blockers with the correct shoulder (allowing him to slide off would-be blockers and into ball-carriers easily) and is equally effective slipping into coverage or sliding past offensive linemen on his way towards a tackle behind the line of scrimmage. He's subtle rather than physical, which draws complaints from some scouts but is deadly effective. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: 10 observations from Monday's South practice...10. Of the linebackers, I was most impressed with BYU's Kyle Van Noy, who frequently is lauded for his ability at the line of scrimmage but showed off his fluidity and instincts in coverage by closing quickly to bat away multliple passes. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/20/2014 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, LINEBACKER: Arrow pointing up: Kyle Van Noy, BYU...A jack-of-all-trades linebacker, Van Noy is a smart, versatile linebacker who scratches and crawls his way to the pocket. He has tweener traits and needs to get stronger to better match-up with NFL blockers, but his twitchy athleticism and ability to drop in coverage will be appealing to 3-4 defenses. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/27/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Kyle Van Noy will have one final college showcase before starting workouts for an NFL career, and likely first-round draft status. He played banged up throughout November, though the Cougars wouldn't let on as to how sore the senior was. Van Noy returned for his final season, surprising many teammates and coaches. He had a major game in last December's Poinsettia Bowl, and most figured his personal highlight reel was the end of his time in Provo, Utah.

"I don't think anyone can imagine the attention and exposure and pressure on him. I am trying to downplay it as much as possible," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said of Van Noy. "Teams do a nice job of accounting for him, and the visibility just keeps increasing. And so I am trying to support every way possible so he can just be a college football player and just play. But he's earned that because he is a really good player and his career has shown that." - The Sports Xchange

12/24/2013 - 2013 FBS INDEPENDENT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEDIA): LB Kyle Van Noy (Sr.) BYU...This season Van Noy has also been named to All-America teams by Walter Camp (second team), CBSSports.com (third team), Athlon Sports (third team), Lindy's (third team) and Phil Steele (third team) while receiving honorable mention from Sports Illustrated. The Senior Class Award finalist was also named the FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Year and the top defender among independents by College Sports Madness and SB Nation. - BYU football

12/24/2013 - 2013 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): LB Kyle Van Noy (Sr.) BYU,...Has been selected to the 2013 FBS All-Independent First Team named by the nationwide media panel responsible for the FBS Independent Player of the Week awards. - BYU football

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU, 6-3 245, Sr., Reno, NV...Van Noy received second-team honors on the Walter Camp All-America Team, the nation's oldest All-America award. This year's class marks the 124th edition of the prestigious team. Tight end Dennis Pitta was the last BYU player to earn Walter Camp recognition in 2009. Named to several All-America teams in 2012, Van Noy becomes the first Cougar since Pitta to receive All-America status in back-to-back seasons, something Pitta achieved in 2008 and 2009.

Van Noy, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound senior outside backer, was often found in the opponent backfield during the 2013 season, totaling 16 tackles for loss, 14 quarterback hurries, four sacks and a safety while helping BYU to an 8-4 record. He also contributed 63 tackles, a fumble recovery, seven pass breakups and two interceptions, including the fifth defensive touchdown of his career. Van Noy was the only FBS player in 2011 and 2012 to record a statistic in every major defensive category and lacks only a blocked kick and forced fumble in BYU's bowl game to again record a stat in every category. - BYU football

11/11/2013 - TOP 10 BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF 2013: 10. (tie) Kyle Van Noy, BYU, LB: A play-making 6-3, 245-pound senior, Van Noy came up big in the Cougars win over Texas (eight tackles, one sack and five QB hurries) but he pretty much comes up big in every game BYU plays. He has a team-high 11 TFLs and is second with 46 tackles. Van Noy also has one pick-6. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

10/26/2013 - BYU accepts Fight Hunger Bowl bid...On Friday night Brigham Young beat Boise State 37-20 to get to six wins on the season and become bowl eligible. Shortly after that the Cougars had already accepted a bowl bid. BYU will play in this year's Fight Hunger Bowl. "What an exciting opportunity for the Cougars to travel to the great city of San Francisco for the Fight Hunger Bowl and to play a strong opponent from the Pac-12," said BYU AD Tom Holmoe. "Our coaches, players and fans will love the holiday season in San Francisco. It's great to be able to add to the wonderful bowl tradition that is long associated with BYU football." It's the ninth straight season that the Cougars have become bowl eligible under Bronco Mendenhall, and they've gone 6-2 in the first eight bowl games. The game is scheduled for Friday, December 27 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

10/04/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Kyle Van Noy. Utah State has the fourth most experienced offensive line in the FBS, with 135 starts. Senior guard Kyle Whimpey (knee) has been sidelined for the season, but the unit remains a major strength. One of the battles to watch is Whimpey's twin brother, junior LT Kevin Whimpey, against Van Noy, who had his best game of the season last week with seven tackles, including one for a safety, a QB hurry, and a batted down pass. - The Sports Xchange

09/27/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Kyle Van Noy. The All-American got plenty of preseason hype, returning to BYU when he could have gone to the NFL. But the 6-3, 245-pound senior has not been as disruptive as in 2012 when ranked in the top 10 in the FBS in tackles for a loss (22), sacks (13) and forced fumbles (6). He has only one sack this fall and has yet to force a fumble. BYU will need improved play from Van Noy to turn its season around. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 16. Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU (6-3, 235): Overshadowed by Ziggy Ansah, Van Noy was far and away the more consistent defender, registering an eye-popping 22 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, six forced fumbles, two interceptions and two blocked kicks in 2012. He was similarly productive in the Cougars' 2013 opener against Virginia (four tackles, including 2?? for loss), but was unable to help lead BYU to a victory. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 16. OLB Kyle Van Noy, BYU (6-3, 235, 4.67) -- Overshadowed by Ansah, Van Noy was far and away the more consistent defender, registering an eye-popping 22 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, six forced fumbles, two interceptions and two blocked kicks in 2012. What can he do for an encore now that opponents will be focusing on him? - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/28/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: LB Kyle Van Noy stunned a lot of BYU fandom by returning for his senior year. Projected to be a first- or second-round NFL draft pick, and one of the country's top sackmasters, he decided he had "unfinished business" in Provo, Utah. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - GRADING CBSSPORTS.COM'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM AS NFL PROSPECTS: LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU (6-3, 235, Sr.)...In BYU's bowl game last December against San Diego State, Van Noy had a monster performance and looked like he was ready to make the jump to the pros. But instead he returned to Provo for his senior year this fall, and although he's not a lock first round pick, his motor and range puts him in the top-32 discussion. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/27/2013 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: Kyle Van Noy, BYU's star linebacker, missed many drills in the early stages of fall camp because of a hamstring tweak suffered right before the Aug. 3 arrival of players. Of course, getting him back is major. But also, the offense under a young quarterback (Taysom Hill) and a new staff must mesh fast. BYU wants to play faster under returned offensive coordinator Robert Anae, but it remains to be seen if that's effective if the Cougars stutter to some early 3-and-outs, and set up their defense for a lot of time on the field. - The Sports Xchange

07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU...In addition to the Walter Camp recognition, Van Noy has also been named to watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, Lombardi Award and Lott Trophy as one of the nation's top players entering the 2013 season. Coming off an All-America season in 2012, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound outside linebacker finished tied for second nationally with 13 sacks and six forced fumbles and ranked No. 4 in the nation with 22 tackles for loss. From Reno, Nev., he is the only FBS player in each of the past two seasons to record a stat in every major defensive category and has helped BYU achieve bowl wins each of his three seasons in Provo. - BYU football

07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU...Van Noy has thus far been named to watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Butkus Award and Lombardi Award as one of the nation's top players entering the 2013 season. Coming off an All-America season in 2012, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound outside linebacker finished tied for second nationally with 13 sacks and six forced fumbles and ranked No. 4 in the nation with 22 tackles for loss. From Reno, Nev., he is the only FBS player in each of the past two seasons to record a stat in every major defensive category and has helped BYU achieve bowl wins each of his three seasons in Provo. - BYU football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Kyle Van Noy, Brigham Young...Coming off an All-America season in 2012, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound outside linebacker finished tied for second nationally with 13 sacks and six forced fumbles and ranked No. 4 in the nation with 22 tackles for loss. From Reno, Nev., he is the only FBS player in each of the past two seasons to record a stat in every major defensive category and has helped BYU achieve bowl wins each of his three seasons in Provo. - BYU football

07/15/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU...Van Noy is among 75 players named to the 2013 Bednarik Award watch list. Van Noy earned All-America honors in 2012 as a junior while finishing tied for second nationally with 13 sacks and six forced fumbles and ranking No. 4 in the nation with 22 tackles for loss. He is the only player in each of the past two seasons to record a stat in every major defensive category and has helped BYU achieve bowl wins each of his three seasons in Provo. - BYU football

07/15/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Kyle Van Noy, BYU, LB...Also a candidate for the 2013 Bednarik Award, which likewise honors the nation's top defensive player, Van Noy is a repeat selection to the Nagurski Trophy watch list. Coming off an All-America season in 2012, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound outside linebacker finished tied for second nationally with 13 sacks and six forced fumbles and ranked No. 4 in the nation with 22 tackles for loss. From Reno, Nev., he is the only FBS player in each of the past two seasons to record a stat in every major defensive category and has helped BYU achieve bowl wins each of his three seasons in Provo. - BYU football

05/21/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU...Van Noy earn All-America honors in 2012 as a junior while finishing tied for second nationally with 13 sacks and six forced fumbles and ranked No. 4 in the nation with 22 tackles for loss. He is the only player in each of the past two seasons to record a stat in every major defensive category and has helped BYU achieve bowl wins each of his three seasons in Provo. - BYU football

 
Player News
05/12/2014 - The Lions first stumbled onto outside linebacker Keith Van Noy when they were scouting Ziggy Ansah at BYU in 2013. "Yeah, we saw a lot of him playing last year and it was really kind of, 'Who is this guy?'" Mayhew said. "You're watching Ziggy and this guy's making all these plays. He and Ziggy are really great friends too. When I visited with him when he was here, he was telling me how they were roommates together on the road trips and stuff, so I think Ziggy's probably happy wherever he is right now. But this guy is going to really help our football team." Van Noy is 6-3, 243 pounds, with 4.71-second speed in 40 yards and a 78-inch wing span. He created quite a bit of mayhem during his time at BYU. He made a school record 62 tackles for loss and 26 sacks. He posted seven interceptions, 17 pass breakups and scored seven defensive touchdowns. He also blocked two punts. - The Sports Xchange
 

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