Weight: 243 lbs
There are some things on a football field that cannot be coached. Having the instincts to be a great playmaker requires a certain combination of skills that are mostly innate to the individual.
Kyle Van Noy might not be the athletic anomaly like Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack, he may not be overly strong, but what he does have is incredibly rare instincts for creating chaos. His playmaking abilities are off the charts and certainly an element to his game that teams get excited about, even though they don’t fully understand how it’s happening.
Many times in the draft-evaluation process, scouts and personnel guys tend to chalk these instincts to being a product of the system. This erroneous perception constantly leads to highly skilled prospects being undervalued and overlooked.
In fact, his playing style most resembles that of Tyrann Mathieu in terms of his ability to be incredibly disruptive by knowing exactly how and when to take chances. Both players are obsessed with taking a normal play and turning it into a game-changing moment. They have the incredible instincts and just enough physical gifts to make it happen on the biggest football stage available.
His effort is impressive, and he pairs it nicely with a wide range of creative pass-rushing moves. Once he beats the opposing blocker, Van Noy closes ground quickly. His five defensive touchdowns are great examples of this.
In his last three seasons at BYU, Van Noy has accumulated 54 tackles for a loss, 23 quarterback sacks, nine forced fumbles, seven interceptions and three blocked kicks. Some people just understand how to play the game, and Van Noy is one of those guys.
Although Van Noy is likely a name you have heard tossed around here and there, it’s essential to include him on the list when analysts continue to rank him in the middle rounds, such as his third-round grade and 58th overall ranking on Josh Norris’ big board via Rotoworld.
The big board's forgone conclusion is that UCLA's Anthony Barr is drafted before him come May, but I suspect Van Noy could be the edge-rusher who ends up having the better career.
His ideal position in the NFL is as a 3-4 rush linebacker. The Saints and Jets run a scheme that would be ideal for him to do all the things he does well.