Kyle Van Noy LB BYU #3
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Size/Athleticism: Average height and overall size. Certainly not physically imposing on the field, but can hold his own. Extremely short arms which hurts him in certain aspects of the game.
Run Defense: Struggles to shed blocks due to modest strength and short arms which hurt his ability to be violent with him arms and hands and disengage. Patient letting the play develop, but almost to a fault. Seems a little late to react sometimes. Takes smart angles in pursuit which helps make up for modest speed when the play is in front of him, but when he doesn’t see it develop perfectly he gets twisted around and takes some awkward movements which often removes him from the play.
Pass Rush: Very limited ability as a pass-rusher. Moderately effective as bull-rusher, but lacks the elite strength to consistently and efficiently plow his way into the backfield. Short arms hurt his ability to keep offensive linemen from getting into his pads and locking him down. Does a nice job keeping his eye on the quarterback and getting arms up into passing lanes.
Coverage: Does a nice job reading the quarterback in zone coverage but has limited range. Can be a liability in man coverage in certain matchups. Can really only handle man assignments with possession tight ends on shorter routes.
Intangibles: Arrested for DUI as a senior in high school. Was in jeopardy of losing his scholarship to BYU due to school’s honor code, and one month later was against caught with alcohol and arrested for evading polices (charges later dropped). School eventually accepted him anyway and reportedly has stayed out of trouble since.
Durability: Played through a shoulder injury at end of 2013 season.
Comments: Van Noy meets all the basic physical requirements of the position and has been effective throughout his college career. However, he fails to stand out in any one area. He’s limited in terms of his range against the run, he’s too stiff in coverage and he isn’t explosive as a pass-rusher. He shows enough ability in each area to potentially develop into an adequate starter, but his long-term upside is limited.