A closer look: LB Kyle Van Noy

Posted May 9, 2014

Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara share their thoughts on the Lions' second-round selection of linebacker Kyle Van Noy

Round 2, Pick 40

OLB/DE Kyle Van Noy, Brigham Young

6-3/243, 4.71 in the 40

College career: From 2011-13, Van Noy posted 54.5 tackles for loss with 20 sacks at weak-side linebacker. In BYU’s 23-6 win over San Diego State in the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl, Van Noy forced a fumble and recovered it for a TD, returned an interception for another TD, blocked a kick and had two sacks. It was a career performance, all in one game.

He committed to BYU in 2009 but because of a DUI, he had a one-year delayed enrollment.. He had a second alcohol-related incident but remained clean throughout three standout seasons.

Lions LB depth chart: Returning-- Starters – Ashlee Palmer, DeAndre Levy, Stephen Tulloch. Backups – Tahir Whitehead, Travis Lewis, Cory Greenwood (injured reserve), Brandon Hepburn (practice squad 2013), Julian Stanford.

Scout's quote, from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "He's silky smooth," one scout said. "He's not a balls to the wall guy all the time. It's not that he dogs it. He's just so fluid. He's not a grinder, knock the snot out of you (player). He's just a good football player. He can rush and he can drop.”

Mike O’Hara’s take: "He fits best as a right outside linebacker in a 3-4, but that suits the Lions in the scheme they plan to use this year under new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin"

Tim Twentyman's take: "He fits exactly what the Lions want from the SAM linebacker position. He can play the run, rush the passer and drop in coverage. He’s the total package."