Kyle Van Noy out of BYU is by far one of the most intriguing playesr in this year’s draft class. Van Noy screams athleticism and explosiveness off the edge, but his frame leaves much to be desired at 6-foot-3, 245-pounds. His size was perhaps the main reason why teams passed on him in the back-end of the first round, but Van Noy wins battles at the line of scrimmage because of his athleticism.
At the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Van Noy ran a 4.62 40-yard dash. He also put up 21 reps on the 225-pound bench press and his vertical jump was measured at 33-inches. The explosiveness in his game is there, but the problem with Van Noy to me is how much of a tweener he is. I want to say Van Noy can play defensive end in the NFL, but that may be farfetched because of his ability to be consistent at the line of scrimmage. The Detroit Lions deploy a 4-3 defensive scheme which means Van Noy could fit right in at the important weak-side linebacker position.
Ezekiel Ansah is one of Van Noy’s best friends and the two will likely play next to each other in the NFL. Ansah got better as the season went on last year, but he could be even better with Van Noy behind him. Van Noy shows the ability to lead defenses and call plays. Outside of Stephen Tulloch, the Lions haven’t had consistent linebacker play in years. Van Noy will start right away and he could flourish in this scheme because of his speed and his nose for the football. Another thing he does well is against the pass. His versatility allows him to cover tight ends and slot receivers in the middle of the field. Van Noy has some deficiencies, but he has the ability to become a really good player on this defense.