News & Updates

Jun 04

Lions sign second-rounder Kyle Van Noy

Outside linebacker signed

Size – 6032v – 244v – 4.73e

Strong Points – Good size, competitive, productive, defends the run, shed, strength, pass drop and cover

Weak Points – Good, but not an elite athlete, not real explosive, has scheme limitations

2013 Stats: 70 total tackles, 17.5 Tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions

Summation – Kyle is a fourth-year senior and a two-and-a-half year starter at outside linebacker. He has very good size at 6032 – 244, with good arm length and a solid frame. He has growth potential to 250+.

As an athlete, he is good, but not elite. He is a semi-strider with good change of direction, bend, and body control. He isn’t really sudden. He plays with good strength, can hold the point, but is not overly explosive.

As a player, he is asked to do a lot and succeeds. He plays mostly on his feet, has good instincts, and is a quick reactor. He can find the ball and make plays. He does a good job taking on blocks and shedding. He seldom gives ground to a blocker and his hand use is good.

Van Noy isn’t overly aggressive, but he plays with a good temperament. He is a consistent run defender and plays the inside and outside runs equally well. He can chase in pursuit and make plays from the backside. While he has good play speed, I don’t see a top burst. As a pass rusher, he is effective because he can use his hands and get off blocks. When blitzing, he knows how to time his blitzes and find a seam. His burst off of blocks is adequate.

BYU uses Van Noy a lot in coverage. He is walked off at times and has a good drop and turn. His ability to plant and drive is adequate. He is best in zone, but he can match up against a tight end and be effective.

I see Van Noy as a good player but not a special player. He is best suited to play in a 3-4 scheme in the NFL. He has the talent to be an every down player because he can play the run, rush the passer, and play in coverage. He needs to develop his explosiveness to be a top player in the NFL. I can see him starting for a team with a need as a rookie and should get drafted as high as the mid-to-late second round but, more likely, early in the third. His Combine workout will have a lot to say on where his final slot is. He may never be an All Pro, but he will be a winning NFL player.

Grade B 6.6