NFL Draft Profile: Kyle Van Noy

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From a distance, one could get the impression that the talented linebacker out of Brigham Young University had an easy journey to this year’s NFL draft. After all, in 52 career games he has totaled 226 tackles with 62 coming for a loss along with seven interceptions and five fumble recoveries.

However, that couldn’t be further from the truth…

To look at his last name, one would hardly assume that he was Mormon given its Dutch interpretation. After being adopted into a LDS family, he decided to keep his birth name. While that in itself was hardly shocking, having to uphold aspects of his new faith became a challenge.

After graduating McQueen’s high in Nevada, the first team all-state linebacker / wide out would receive many college options… from LSU to Nebraska. BYU would be among the list, yet wasn’t his initial choice as he grew uncomfortable around his teenage Mormon friends. He would change his mind in 2009 and accept the Cougar’s offer. However, a drunk driving arrest would go public and put a crimp in his plans. Van Noy would address the situation with his athletic director to see if he could still fulfill the schools commitment. It was agreed that he could if he sat out the 2009 season which he accepted.

Unfortunately, nearly one month later Van Noy would again have an alcohol related incident, yet this one stayed out of the paper and the charges were dropped. He would be given a final chance, one he was determined to uphold.

He would finally hit the gridiron as a freshman in 2010 and the 6’3”, 245 pounder would make an immediate splash as he would total 35 tackles, with 24 being solo and seven and a half being for a loss. He would also contribute with two interceptions and two forced fumbles; one being returned for a 44-yard touchdown against Colorado State. His biggest game would come against Utah State with seven tackles, one for a loss and forcing a fumble.

Van Noy would continue to impress during his sophomore season racking up 68 tackles (50 solo), 15 for a loss, seven sacks along with 10 quarterback hits, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. Games of note were the eight tackle and one pick performance against the University of Central Florida, his 10 tackle, one interception and one forced fumble output against Idaho and lastly a 10 tackle, two sack and forced fumble effort in the Armed Forces Bowl against Tulsa.

The junior year would show a slight decrease in tackles totaling 53 (37 solo) with 22 for a loss in 13 games. He would tally two interceptions and an impressive six forced fumbles. While his regular season highlights included an eight tackle (four and a half for a loss), a forced fumble and pass deflection performance against Utah, he once again proved the bright lights of a bowl game. During BYU’s 23-6 beat down of San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl, Van Noy would account for seven tackles, a blocked punt and both an fumble and interception for a touchdown.

At long last, Van Noy’s college career would enter its final year. He would hit highs in tackles with 70, tackles for loss with 17.5 and interceptions at four. Utah would again make his year with his 10 tackle, one pass deflection and a quarterback hurry. His final game, a 31-16 loss at the hand of the Washington Huskies in the recent Fight Hunger bowl was a bit of a disappointment registering seven tackles.

Versatility is key here as Van Noy has demonstrated being able to play the weakside, middle and stronside linebacker positions. If you play in an IDP league, this late first / early second round draft prospect may just be a linchpin in your Dynasty lineup.

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