Dec 20, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy (3) scores on an interception return against San Diego State Aztecs in the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. BYU defeated San Diego State 23-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Van Noy: “I’ve been a Chargers’ fan for a while.”


BYU LB Kyle Van Noy really wants to be a San Diego Chargers player. If teams in the NFL were able to recruit players, we would have a commitment for Van Noy already, but this isn’t college football. Here is what Van Noy said on the Darren Smith show last week:

“I’m going to be real with you, it would be like the ideal place for me,” Van Noy said, when Smith asked about the possibility of coming to San Diego. “I’ve been a Chargers’ fan for a while. There’s beautiful weather, and I’ve got family there as well. So San Diego would be my No. 1 spot, even though being in this draft you’re not supposed to have favorites.” – ESPN.com

The Chargers are a great fit for the outside linebacker and he would be a solid piece to this defense for years to come. Is Van Noy hoping that he would be drafted by the Chargers in the first round? Will Van Noy be available for the Chargers in the 2nd round of the draft?

If the Chargers want Van Noy to be part of the roster, they would have a long while to wait till the 2nd round selection comes around. The Chargers might have to make a trade up in the round in order to get him, just like they did in order to get Manti Te’o.

Van Noy is a player that I can see Tom Telesco falling in love with. He has great work ethic and has produced in the college game. He is smart and instinctive. He knows where the football is going to be and has shown that he can get after the quarterback.

With the current group of outside linebackers, Van Noy would be competition to get the majority of the playing time on the outside and he would he would get to pick the brains of the vets on the roster. He would be a solid player on the Chargers roster.

Tags: NFL Draft San Diego Chargers

  • serg21

    Wouldn’t mind picking him in the first to guys gonna be a beast just wait on it

  • Parker Richardson

    Ideal situation IMO is picking up an extra pick or two by trading down in the first and selecting him with our earlier second round pick

    • davacho

      this

    • Brett M

      I second this! Especially if top corners are off board- this would be a better move IMO than picking up a reciever
      If Cleveland doesn’t pick up a QB with first pick, demand at 25 will be crazy from the other guys worried their gonna pick up their choice

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      this would be the best situation! if we could get an early 2nd and a 3rd, then i would love life!

  • Rob Base

    I’ve said it for awhile now that’s he’s a good fit! I hope it happens Ernie. Seems every year I get a man crush on a few players and they don’t become Bolts. It breaks my heart last year it was Austin and this year it’s Van Noy and Herron lol.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Aww, Rob. It’s okay. Things will get better and ease the pain of your man crushes gone wrong. You’re okay.

      • Rob Base

        Lo thanks for the support. :)

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      this is one of my favs of the draft as well.. i got a couple of players i like last season. We got Allen and Te’o and I was stoked about them.

      • Rob Base

        Nice hope we get him.

  • Eli Rodriguez

    Favorite player in the draft. I wouldnt mind taking him in the first if its BPA. Def should be in blue and yellow next year. Going to be very upset if hes not.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Word

  • Sergio Quintero

    Have a feeling he’s the pick in the second round, maybe they repeat the Te’o move, maybe it plays out and he drops to 57.

    But listening to him, he sounds exactly like a player Telesco wants.

    • Julien Bélair

      Well the link between him and the Chargers is obvious and even more with this statement

  • blu3ny3llow

    Sounds good but too good to be true..

  • Diegoblue

    I wouldn’t mind him in the 2nd.. the 1st would be a reach IMO.

  • Gunnar Martin

    There is just every reason possible to get this guy in San Diego. Make it happen TT!

  • jamfed
    • Gunnar Martin

      Emphasis on the GREAT

  • BlueBoltFan

    I’d be OK with Van Noy in the 1st round. I’d prefer Fuller or Verrett. But not only could KVN contribute to our pass rush, he could contribute to our coverage, taking over some of the duties Weddle has been handling. He’s not overly fast or athletic.And I wish he was more physical. But he is high mototr and has the best instincts of any LB in the draft.

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Give me Jeremiah Attaochu

    • BlueBoltFan

      Attaochu has more potential (i.e., speed, athleticism).

      Van Noy is more complete (i.e., better instincts, cover skills, pass rush technique, overall production).

      Plus Attaochu’s tape against Morgan Moses is not good.

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        Attaochu has more potential….got it.
        And I can’t take anyone serious who would pick KVN in the 1st round.

        • BlueBoltFan

          Van Noy wouldn’t be an ideal choice at #25, but I wouldn’t be mad about it. Look at the production over their college careers. Attaochu has more sacks (31 to 26 for KVN). Meanwhile KVN has more Passes defensed (21 to 6); Tackles for loss (61 to 43); INTs (7 w/ 2 returned for TD to 1 for Attaochu); and FF (11 w/ 2 returned for TD to 4 for JA). On top of that, KVN was faster in the short shuttle and 3-cone drills, meaning better short area quickness.

          Not to knock Attaochu. I like him. He’s athletic, his production is good and I’d be happy if he was a Charger. But I’ve watched a lot of game tape on both players and KVN is a more complete, productive, and instinctive player and the stats bear it out.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            “KVN is a more complete, productive, and instinctive player and the stats bear it out.”

            Then why do you feel Attaochu has more potential? Lol
            You’re contradicting yourself.

          • BlueBoltFan

            Because if/when the lights go on for Attaochu, he can do everything KVN can do and more.

            To me, KVN is a safer pick. He seems to have a higher floor but a lower ceiling. That’s why I have him rated slightly higher. Attaochu has a higher ceiling based on his physical abilities, he’s just got farther to go to realize them.

            But again, I like both guys.

            BTW, if it was up to me it would be Verrett or Fuller at #25.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            Attaochu is already a more superior pass rusher. He had no help and is the all-time leader in sacks at GT and got better every year. That’s how he’ll earn his money in the NFL.

            And he never played with guys like Ezekiel Ansah to take away double teams etc

            Van Noy had 13 sacks when Anash was there and ONLY 4 when he was gone. Lol
            That’s no coincidence.

          • BlueBoltFan

            Good point on JA’s improvement every year. It’s actually why I favored him more until I looked at the game tape.

            And I never said he wasn’t a better pass rusher (I pointed out that he has more sacks). I suspect he’ll be a better one at the next level, too. My point is that KVN offers production in areas Attaochu currently does not, such as coverage which was consistent even without Ansah. That stuff counts. And we could use help there as well.

            You prefer the athleticism and pass rush ability, I prefer the instincts and versatility. That’s what makes this all so much fun.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            It might sound like I hate Van Noy but I really don’t.
            I just feel like JA fits what we need.

            It’s no coincidence the Chargers meet with both players at the senor bowl, combine, pro days and also had private workouts with both.

            I think one of these guys will be a Charger and I’m hoping it’s Attaochu.

          • BlueBoltFan

            No worries, man. I love talking about this stuff.

            We all want the Chargers to have another great draft haul and take that next step. i think we have a chance to do it with either guy.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            Exactly.

          • micah

            Boltsfanssticktogether

          • BYU Fan

            As a die hard BYU fan, I can assure you his decrease in sack production wasn’t related to Ansah’s graduation. Opposing coaches didn’t even know about ansah till the 4th game in 2012 (Ansah wasn’t in the starting line up, till an injury put him in and his stock sky rocketed). Kyle Van Noy had 4.5 sacks within those first 3 games without Ziggy demanding double teams. BYU had nightmare injuries in the secondary before the 2013 season started. Our DB’s were 3rd and 4th string who needed help. Our line backers had to drop back in coverage to help significantly more. This is why the sack production dropped.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            He overachieved when Anash was there, the 5th overall pick. Van Noy came back down to earth with 4 sacks. And if you think that wasn’t a factor you’re delusional.

            Van Noy was never a huge sack guy. A better pass rush would help ANY secondary but that’s not a strength of Van Noys game, coaches aren’t dumb.
            They let him do what he does best, cover.

          • micah

            yeah you know it brother! Someone whoactually watched some game film. Half thes guys just went onto cbs sports page about VN.

          • RW

            Obviously you saw neither play. Just a stat guy.

          • RW

            And only a highlight watcher.

          • BlueBoltFan

            Actually I watched all the 2013 games available for both players at Draftbreakdown.com which has videos with every play they had in each of those games. I also watched a couple of 2012 games for Van Noy because there were only 4 or 5 2013 games available for him. Attaochu had 7 or 8 games available, including some disappointing tape against Morgan Moses.

            I only disagree with CaliforniaKid because we value different aspects of the player’s games differently. We’re making our best guess. I’m not necessarily right, he’s not necessarily wrong and vice versa. We just have differing opinions.

            From now on, you might want to start asking people why they think a certain way, rather than just dismissively insult them. It reflects badly on you.

      • RW

        Van Noy in the first? He no! And he isn’t a good fit in our 3-4. He isn’t a edge rusher and isn’t real explosive off the snap. He was more a blitzer and yes there is a difference. Not to mention he has real short arms like Ingram…..who has 1 sack.

        • micah

          Even though he has shorrt arms he still is pretty good at getting pressure. Short arms are just apiece of the.puzzle. I think he does fit in the 3-4 because he can do everything, which probably about everyone who’s commented o this agrees on. A 3-4 linebacker must cover stop the run and apply pressure and I think that’s somthing he’s shown to do. His size isn’t really a big concern either because he weighs aroundd 240.

    • Diegoblue

      If I had to choose between the two I’m rolling wit Attaochu.. He has a higher ceiling I feel

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        exactly.

      • BlueBoltFan

        Laron Landry had more potential than Eric Weddle. And I am not saying that’s what will definitely happen here. It’s just easy to fall in love with player’s athleticism once they’re running around in under armor. But there’s an argument to be made for instincts and versatility versus athleticism and potential.

        Year 1, KVN has the tools to stay on the field all three downs. Attaochu will likely be a pass rush specialist his first year based on the skill sets they’ve demonstrated thus far.

        • CALiFORNiAkiD

          There is a reason Blake Bortles might be the #1 pick It’s called POTENTIAL.
          He did nothing special in college but the kid has potential.

          Attaochu is the all-time leader in sacks at Georiga Tech and will be a pass rush specialist at the next level.

          • BlueBoltFan

            On that we agree.

        • Diegoblue

          We All assume on potential but give me the guy that’s great at one thing and we can coach him up on the others rather than the guy is does nothing really specials but MIGHT be a better all around to start but not for long. Plus who knows the situation on D it might call for a pass rush 2 or 3 times .. That “old” 3 down rule is dated in this day and age in the NFL.. It’s a passing league especially our division with the donkeys

          • BlueBoltFan

            “It’s a passing league especially our division with the donkeys”

            This proves my point. Van Noy can COVER. He gets INTs, returns them for TDs. He defends passes. And he can rush the passer as well as play the run.

            Nowadays you WANT 3-down LBs that can stay on the field. And right now, Van Noy can do everything; Attaochu is strictly a pass rusher.

            That said, I don’t know that Attaochu is “great” at pass rushing. If he was, he’d be a top-10 pick. I think he could be great. But that’s the risk.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            And if Van Noy could do EVERYTHING as you say he’d be a Top 10 pick.
            What’s your point? Your losing me man.

          • BlueBoltFan

            Not true. Elite pass rushers get a higher grade than all-around players. For example, Ryan Shazier can do pretty much everything, and he’s more athletic than Van Noy. He’s not a top 10 pick either.

            It’s part of the reason Clay Matthews was drafted as low as he was. He was not considered a polished pass rusher, mainly because he wasn’t asked to do that at USC, but he also issues with his technique. Obviously he cleaned them up in a hurry.

            I see Van Noy as more of an Eric Weddle or even Kiko Alonso type. Not the fastest or the biggest, but smart and tough, with a nose for the ball and the ability to make plays.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            I think it’s safe to say Attaochu is a great pass rusher.
            I mean he DID break the record for sacks a GT with absolutely no help.
            You gotta give credit were credit is due.

          • Diegoblue

            This doesn’t PROVE your point only that you and I both agree to disagree .ONLY great pass rushers go in the Top Ten???. If Attaochu can get to the QB there won’t be a need to cover.. Give me a player that can create pressure.. It disrupts everything ask Peyton Manning about the Super Bowl.. And just as Matthews showed people he can do other things who says Attaochu can’t ? Listen you like your guy I like mines .As you said “thats the risk” No sure things even All around guys like KVN

          • BlueBoltFan

            “This doesn’t PROVE your point only that you and I both agree to disagree”

            Absolutely. The only proof will be once they’re in the NFL and I don’t know what that will be. None of us do.

            If you read my comments throughout this thread, I’ve always said that I think Attaochu could be a great player. I love his upside, but at this point I’ve only seen him flash his full potential on film. Right now, Van Noy demonstrates a more developed and complete game at 34 OLB. I value that a little more but I’ve NEVER said anyone else has to do the same…

            BTW, the Superbowl MVP was OLB Malcom Smith who had a pick six on Manning and a FF on Demariyous Thomas. Van Noy’s skill sets.

          • Diegoblue

            Well as I have said we like different skill sets .. Malcolm had those opportunities created by pressure .. Attaochu’s skill set ..around and around we go .. Lol

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            exactly.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i would rather go Van Noy… this almost seems like a post…. doing it! going to poll the beaters on this one.

  • RW

    No thanks to Van Noy. He isn’t a edge rusher.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i think he can get to the quarterback pretty well off the edge. he just wasnt asked to do it as often last season

  • Captain Morgan

    I’d love to see Kyle Van Noy at OLB for the Bolts … he has the ability to be a game changer. He also is extremely gifted but he doesn’t have character issues (he sat out his first year of football at BYU for underage drinking) but became a stud linebacker. I like character guys that aren’t in trouble too much (Aldon Smith) for our team. Rid ourselves of the stench of Smith, i will trust Telesco.

  • afroamongfew

    Look guys, this is sweet. It is.

    BUT.

    The SECOND another team takes him/throws money his way, he’ll have something equally, if not MORE complimentary to say about that team. This kid knows where his bread is buttered, he knows that trying to convince a team that has demonstrated overt interest in him is the most easy path to get drafted.

    Am I doubting whether he is genuinely a Chargers fan? A little bit. But I’m sure that whenever another team takes him, he’ll be all in for that team and good for him. I just don’t like the idea of us taking him, especially given that it might take another trade akin to the awful idea of trading a 4th round pick to waste our second round pick on Manti Te’o last season.

    Granted, if you think this is the dawn of the first ever great defense without a solid pass-rush, please, enlighten me as to how we’re going to contain our way to a championship.