BYU Van Noy helped himself by returning for senior year
Provo There is quite a bit of agreement among experts who analyze these things for a living regarding where BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy will be taken in this week's NFL Draft. Most believe he will go in the second round, and a few believe he could go late in the first round if there is an early, if not improbable, run on linebackers.
Most analysts and prognosticators also agree that Van Noy didn't hurt his draft stock by returning to BYU for his senior season, although his numbers were not as good as they were his junior year.
"The buzz has been that he does everything well," Mayock continued. "I am not sure he has got one outstanding trait where you go, 'Wow, that's awesome.' But he does everything well. He can rush, he can drop back into coverage. He can play inside, he can play outside."
Had Van Noy entered the draft last year, he likely would have gone in the middle rounds because there were some doubts about his ability to drop into coverage and his toughness. He answered those questions with a senior year that wasn't as spectacular as his junior year, but solid nonetheless as he dealt with a balky shoulder and some fatigue issues. Mosley, UCLA's Anthony Barr and Ohio State's Ryan Shazier.
Edholm said Van Noy is a "Jack of all trades [who] looked good in coverage and pass rush drills at [the] Senior Bowl."
Mayock said the biggest question surrounding Van Noy now is where to play him on the inside as a run chi flat iron stuffer or the outside as a pass rusher and coverage guy.
"His versatility is a huge plus," said Mayock, who will release his first round mock draft Wednesday. "I have got him as a solid second rounder right now. And I think he is going to be a really good NFL player." ugg boots clearance
Van Noy declined an interview request last weekend, but said at March's BYU Pro Day that he has already talked to at least one representative from all 32 NFL teams and that "I have no idea where I am going, which round, or to which team."
The San Diego Chargers put him through an individual workout that day, and afterwards he said he had been training in San Diego and was perhaps more familiar with that franchise than any in the NFL, although he grew up a fan of Derrick Brooks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I love the Chargers and would love to be in that powder blue," he said.
Van Noy ran a pedestrian 4.71 second 40 at the NFL Combine in February, but insisted in March he is faster than that.
"I was happy with what I did and the feedback I got," he said, noting that a 4.65 is a more "accurate time" of his speed. He made one other visit to a team that asked for anonymity.
"I was honored to be one of the 30 guys that those teams are looking at," Van Noy said during one of his weekly appearances on 1280 AM in Salt Lake City. "I was one of those 30 players for five teams. I felt really blessed to have those chances."
Tony Pauline of Draft Insider wrote that the Falcons, Patriots, Lions, Chargers, Jaguars and Ravens have shown the most interest in chi hair straightener Van Noy. Sports Illustrated put Van Noy in the second round of its mock draft. It says Van Noy could go to the Minnesota Vikings, who have the 40th pick overall (No. 8 in the second round).
Two of the more well known draft analysts, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, posted a three round, head to head mock draft last week, rotating picks. Kiper picked Van Noy in the second round for the Oakland Raiders.
"I like Kyle Van Noy," Kiper said on a teleconference last week. "I think he is a guy who can hold up in coverage cheap oakley sunglasses very well, and give you a pass rush. Now, he missed some opportunities to get some sacks, missing some tackles on quarterbacks that he should have had for sacks. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address.
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