Kyle Van Noy, the former Brigham Young star, was drafted 40th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2014 NFL draft. Van Noy ranks as one of the top linebackers in this year's class, and his talent was too much for the Lions to pass up.
Van Noy emerged as a star for the Cougars in 2013, racking up 13 sacks and 22 tackles for a loss and anchoring their defensive unit. He managed this despite offenses keying on him with their blocking schemes and earned an All-Independent team spot.
The former Cougar is a smart, savvy player with the build to be a dominant pro. He has great instincts and football IQ, and he is skilled at rushing the passer. He's fast and athletic enough to drop back in coverage and is actually a skilled pass-defender. He can be disruptive to opposing run games and has the strength to break through the opposing line and wreak havoc in the backfield.
But there are some concerns regarding Van Noy. He's not an elite athlete, and he's not an overly creative pass-rusher. He's not the strongest player in the draft, and he isn't overly aggressive. He's not a terribly physical defender, preferring to use his speed to blow past opponents.
Will Van Noy's all-around game lend itself to the NFL? Or will the lack of physicality in his game cost him? Watch as our draft experts discuss the linebacker's ceiling and what he brings to the pros as a rookie.