NFL Prospect Focus: Kyle Van Noy and Bishop Sankey
Kyle Van Noy – Linebacker – BYU
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
Bishop Sankey – Running Back – Washington
Size – 5094e – 200e – 4.50e
Strong Points – Very productive, play speed, overall athleticism, strength and explosion, initial quickness, instincts/vision, outside run, hands, durability
Weak Points – Average size, not a top after-contact runner, blocking
2013 stats: 327 carries for 1870 yards, 5.7 yards per carry, 20 TDs, 28 catches for 304 yards, one TD
Summation – Sankey is a third-year junior and a two-year starter. As a starter, he has been very productive running for over 3,300 yards and 36 touchdowns the last two seasons. During that period, he has also caught 61 passes.
Sankey is not a very big back at about 5094 – 200, but he is strong and very explosive. He has very good overall athleticism, with a quick burst, excellent change of direction, and balance. Washington plays from a spread formation, but there are many run plays that are run from the pistol.
Sankey has very good initial quickness to go along with top run instincts and vision. He is a quick cutter, who can find an opening and burst. While he lacks ideal size, his strength and balance allow him to break arm tackles and get extra yardage. In saying that, he is not a power back who is going to move the pile and get the tough yards in short yardage situations. He is more of a creative space player and can make big plays.
Sankey gets a lot of long runs because of his quickness and vision, but he is really more quick than fast. I have seen get run down from behind on a few plays. His play speed is in the 4.50 range.
As a receiver, Sankey shows good hands and is dangerous if he gets the ball in space. He has the run skills to turn a short pass into a long gain. He isn’t asked to run many different types of routes, but he is effective getting open. As a pass blocker, he is willing but not consistently effective. He lacks the size and power to anchor big pass rushers.
Though Sankey is a very productive college player, I don’t see him as a “bell cow” type in the NFL. He will be best utilized as a rotation back who is complemented by a power back. He also has the skills to be a very good kickoff returner. If he can get 15-20 touches a game as a runner, receiver, and returner he can be a productive NFL player. Unless he runs really fast at the Combine, I don’t see him getting drafted before the third round.
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