Prospect Preview: Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU

By Draft Lead Philip Arnold @PhilipArnold20

Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU 

6-3 235 lbs. Senior

52 Tackles. 22 TFL, 13 Sacks 2 INT, 8 QBH, 6 FF. Third Team All-American selection in 2012.

Game Notes vs. San Jose State  7 Tackles, 3 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 FF

  • Stand up Outside Linebacker who plays to both the field and boundary. Very athletic and has great range. Love how he came off the ball the entire game
  • Against the run: In this game the best part of Van Noy’s game that stood out was his active hands. He is very physical against blockers with good low leverage, getting a push into the backfield. He showed a very nice club and swim, which will be described in the play that stood out. He also did a great job of fighting across the face of Tight Ends, getting penetration.
  • Pass Rush: Van Noy comes off the ball very quickly and has a good burst in this game. He used his bull rush the most in this game. The San Jose State Tackles did a good job handling him. He did have a nice move to the inside a few plays. He does a good job of starting up field, punching into the Tackle and getting to the inside of the Tackle.

    VN Low pads

    Van Noy here splits a double team with his low pads. Notice his pad level compared to those of the SDSU offensive linemen. He does a great job at making himself skinny to slip through and earn himself a TFL.

  • Coverage: Van Noy is very athletic and has good range. He has loose hips and gets into his drops quickly. He had some nice spot drops in the game and took away some first reads from David Fales. He did get beat on a wheel route, seemed a bit slow, but Fales hit a beautiful back shoulder throw.
  • Play that stood out: 1 Down and Goal. Van Noy is standing up at the LOS against San Jose State’s Left Tackle. San Jose State will run an inside zone. Van Noy does an extremely nice job of clubbing with his right arm and swimming over top the over reached tackle. He sheds him quickly, he then wraps up nicely in the backfield on the ball carrier bringing him down for a TFL. This plays shows the active hands Van Noy has had for  the majority of this game.

Game Notes vs. San Diego St Bowl Game 8 Tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 INT, 2 TD

  • Plain and simple Kyle Van Noy is a gamer and is a playmaker you want on your defense. In a bowl game, where his offense couldn’t get anything going, Van Noy stepped up and took control of the game. He blocked a punt giving his offense great field position. When the game was 6-3 SDSU he came up with a
    Notice here the flat line Kyle Van Noy takes down the line of scrimmage to attack the RB in the backfield. He comes on a straight angle with direct cuts to cut down the running room for the ball carrier.

    Notice here the flat line Kyle Van Noy takes down the line of scrimmage to attack the RB in the backfield. He comes on a straight angle with direct cuts to cut down the running room for the ball carrier.

    huge Forced Fumble which he recovered for a TD. It changed the whole tempo and momentum of this game and that is exactly what big time players do in big time games.

  • Against the run: Van Noy is a very slick and active player. He is very strong at taking on lead blockers on Iso’s and pulling guards. He shows great power and a low base to deliver the blow to the offender and cutting down running lanes. Once again in this game, Van Noy is active with his hands getting off blocks quickly. Van Noy also does a good job at lowering his pad level and making himself skinny to fight through double team blocks (far upper right). Another point of Van Noy’s game which he does impressively is his ability to come flat down the LOS with no wasted steps or movements (right).
  • Pass Rush: Van Noy is extremely athletic and uses that to his
    The QB in this picture is looking to hit his hitch/choice route by the WR. He has an open throwing lane for a more than likely first down. Van Noy uses his athleticism to get his hands up closing that lane of the QB.

    The QB in this picture is looking to hit his hitch/choice route by the WR. He has an open throwing lane for a more than likely first down. Van Noy uses his athleticism to get his hands up closing that lane of the QB.

    advantage against the tackles of SDSU. Not only against the run is Van Noy active with his hands, it comes in his pass rushing ability also. Van Noy has an explosive first step and has a very quick swim move to defeat blocks. Van Noy also did an extremely great job with his athleticism to gets his hands into a throwing lane of the quarterback (left).

  • Coverage: Van Noy wasn’t used too much this game in coverage. Though, when he was, Van Noy shows great awareness to pick up crossing routes, knowing whats coming to and from his zones. For the second game in a row Van Noy has shown quick, flexible hips.
  • Play that stood out: 1 Down and 10. SDSU has the ball backed up at their own three yard line. Van Noy is in the boundary coming off an edge pressure against Right Tackle Nik Embernate. Van Noy has an explosive first step and begins his movement to the inside of Embernate. As Embernate positions himself for the inside move and extends, Van Noy uses his quickness to bounce to the outside shoulder. He swats and swims the hands of Embernate, which he did very nicely all game. Once Van Noy has worked passed Embernate, he does a perfect job of getting his hands on the ball as the QB begins his throwing motion. The ball is knocked loose by Van Noy and he recovers it in the end zone for a touchdown. In this play, along with many others in this game, Van Noy showed off his quickness and his ability to use his hands in the pass rush and against the run.

What he does well

Van Noy

This is one of many great swim moves by Kyle Van Noy. He is extremely active with his hands in all aspects of his game and pairs it nicely with his athleticism.

Van Noy is an extremely exciting prospect and is a game changer. Van Noy is extremely athletic and uses his hands nicely to pair with his athleticism. Against the run, Van Noy has a consistently low pad level which allows him to play with nice leverage. He has slippery pads and is has active feet when taking on lead blockers. On Iso’s and pulling guards he does a good job of delivering a low blow and sliding off to make plays. At the point of attack he shows good strength and a low base to move blockers back into the ball carrier. In his pass rushing ability nothing stands out more than his swim move (right). Van Noy has a quick first steps, which gets the tackles over extending allowing him to use his active hands. He does a great job at waiting for Offensive Tackles to extended their arms and come off balance then shows a quick club and swim passed them. His quick first step allows him to show an inside move and get to the outside shoulder of the Tackle. In coverage Van Noy has good awareness to find routes entering and leaving his zones. He has quick, flexible hips to rotate into his drops.

What he needs to improve

Van Noy is well polished in his abilities against the run and blockers. His biggest improvement will have to come in man coverage. He struggles running with quick agile receivers. The wheel route beat him in the San Jose State game and a couple other games in which notes were not included. He also have room for improvement with his ball skills when the ball is at the receiver. Van Noy will need to polish his bull rush to finish his complete arsenal of pass rush moves as tackles were able to handle it quite easily.

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