Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy (3). Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft profile – Kyle Van Noy

2014 NFL Draft

Name:  Kyle Van Noy

School:  BYU

Position:   Outside Linebacker

Age:  23

Height:  6-3

Weight:   243

Positives:  Kyle Van Noy is one of the most versatile linebackers in the 2014 NFL Draft.  He’s a solid pass rusher, and very fluid in his movements.  This allows him to attack quickly and without much hesitation against the run, and he runs well enough to be effective when dropping into overage as well.

Negatives:  Although Van Noy has good pass rushing skills, he’s not a particularly dominant pass rusher.  He lacks a variety of moves, and relies more on his motor and athleticism when attacking the quarterback.  Also, he doesn’t fit perfectly into a 3-4 defense, as he might be a better inside linebacker prospect than outside.

Impact on the Redskins:  Van Noy would impact the Redskins more initially as an inside linebacker next season than on the outside, where they already have two good starters in Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan.  Van Noy is versatile and quick enough to play inside in a 3-4 defense, and the Redskins have a need there.  He also helps the Redskins by adding another pass rusher.

Where the Redskins might pick him:  The Redskins would have to pick Kyle Van Noy with their second round pick # 34, as he most certainly won’t be on the board after the second round.

Other teams interested:   Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars,  Atlanta Falcons

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  • Metric-Buttload

    pass on this guy. I have been watching him play for BYU for a few years now and I’m not impressed. He doesn’t appear all that quick and I think he is not physically capable of excelling in the pros. I believe he has benefited statistically from some weak to average competition and when he has faced good competition, he kind of disappears. My 2 cents worth

    • Maurice Barksdale

      Thanks for your take on Kyle Van Noy. One thing that might work in his favor though is that he might actually be better at inside linebacker in a 3-4 than the playing on the outside like he did at BYU. It might be better for his skill set, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

    • Ty Kampen

      Well I believed you until you said you’ve actually seen him play, because if you have then you would know that his best games were against decent competition like Texas, Ole Miss, Washington, Boise St, Oregon St. Georgia Tech, etc. Put on the tape of him against Texas in 2013. He recorded eight tackles, one TFL, one sack and FIVE QB hurries. Just one example. And as far as him being a better inside linebacker prospect, that is a possibility, but he is excellent in coverage, has a multitude of pass rushing moves (26 sacks, 11 forced fumbles) and sets the edge well in the run…. all the hallmarks of a great 3-4 OLB. Pat Kirwin of CBS Sports and Phil Savage (runs the Senior Bowl) both described him as having the best closing speed and change of direction of any LB in the draft. So, not sure how that equates to not being quick. I mean, the guy was the only player in college football to record a stat in every defensive statistical category for not just one year, but two years. He blocked kicks, intercepted passes, forced fumbles, and scored 5 TD’s as a defensive player. But, don’t take my word for all this. Watch for yourself. Do a search for Kyle Van Noy “Beast Mode” on youtube and watch tape of him yourself.

      • Guest

        watched him play, practically every game in Provo for 3 years. He simply won’t excel in the NFL. Glad you have an opinion based on not watching him.

      • Metric-Buttload

        glad you have an opinion. I’ve watched him in Provo for 3 years now and I’m confident in my opinion of his abilities, and lack thereof. I think time will prove me right.

      • Maurice Barksdale

        Ty, I have to agree on your take of Van Noy. I wouldn’t be disappointed one bit, if the Redskins picked him at #34.