Dec 20, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy (3) runs back an interception for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Draft Profile: LB Kyle Van Noy

There has been talk that the Chargers are interested in BYU’s best pass rusher, linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The 6’3″ 245 lb linebacker out of Reno, NV had a very decorated career at BYU. Van Noy was a 4 year starter for the Cougars. He has been among the leaders in tackles for loss and sacks the past few years. He was a first-team All-Independent a few times, also received votes in multiple years for All-American, including third-team honors. He was the 2013 Independent Defensive Player of the Year and a Chuck Bendarik and Dick Butkus award semifinalist. He finished with 26 sacks, 153 solo tackles, 226 total, 7 INT’s, 2 of them returned for touchdowns and he also blocked 3 kicks. Many San Diego fans remember him wreaking havoc at Qualcomm Stadium against San Diego State in the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl. He recorded 8 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a fumble forced and recovered in the end zone for a touchdown and he also sealed BYU’s win in that game with a pick-6. Needless to say he has a knack for making plays when it counts.

He is not the fastest player in the draft, nor the biggest or strongest. But he is a playmaker. As the old cliché goes, he has a nose for the football. He did end this past year with some injuries, making his stats appear sub-par to his previous years, but he stayed on the field despite injuries to be a leader on the team. He also played one of his best games of the 2013 season against a meaty Wisconsin Badger offense. He had 8 tackles and an interception against an offensive line that sends players to the pros year in and year out. He has played against many talented, pro-level players. He has stacked up well.

I had the privilege of watching a few of his games in person, and let me tell you from personal experience, he brings energy to a defense. He loves the game of football. Whoever drafts him will not be sorry. The Chargers need someone like Van Noy. He is consistent and reliable. And he is free from off-the-field issues, which is always a plus. He has character. Kyle Van Noy would be a great asset to the Chargers’ defense, which is in dire need of depth.

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  • Rob Base

    I really really really hope our Bolts take him! I don’t even care if they take him in the 1st. I know some may disagree but he’s a playmaker and Bolts need a playmaker and depth at OLB. I know CB is a need but if one isn’t avialable in the 1st then nab one in round 2nd or 3rd round.

    • Charger2139

      Couldn’t have said it better!

  • Gunnar Martin

    He has my vote

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    We aren’t getting him unless we trade up or end up with a pick from Jacksonville or Oakland that puts us in the early picks during the second round.

    • Sergio Quintero

      The perception I’m getting there is definite 2nd round cluster of pass rushers: Crichton, Van Noy, Smith, Attaochu, Murphy, Martin, Lawrence, Bradford.

      There doesn’t seem to be major difference in value amongst all of these guys, so while Van Noy might not make it to 57, there are enough players with similar value that might.

      My guess they stay at 57, and wait to see who drops.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        I’m thinking players like Crichton, Smith and a few others are going to be seriously considered because of their versatility at DE and OLB.

  • navw21

    With all the discussion of us trading out of the first round. I have done a mock with us trading our 25th to Jacksonville(*) for their second and third rounder.
    *39. NT Louis Nix Notre Dame
    57. OLB Kyle Van Noy BYU
    *70. CB Bashaud Breeland Clemson
    89. WR Donte Moncrief Ole Miss
    125. OG/OT Dakota Dozier Furman
    165. OC Bryan Stork Florida St.
    201. DE Ethan Hemer Wisconsin
    240. CB Osahon Irabor Arizona St.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I’m getting the feeling that you might have to switch Van Noy with Nix, Van Noy has stayed pretty consistently at around pick 40 in the mocks, and Nix seems to be tumbling.

      The same with Moncrief and Breeland, Moncrief’s skill set probably pushes him no later than the early 3rd round.

      I like the players, I might take them in different order, but I would be stoked with this draft.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Took the words right out of my mouth. Thumbs up for you, Sergio.

  • BlueBoltFan

    Another guy to keep in mind here is Trent Murphy out of Stanford. Playing the last 3 years at OLB, he improved on his sack totals each year until he led the nation with 15 in 2013. He has a great inside move, but still has enough speed/power to bend the arc outside. He’s smart, surprisingly athletic, stout against the run, and can drop back into coverage (With 12 passes defended and 2 pick-sixes).

    Some people are down on him because he ran a slow 40 yard dash. But his short area quickness, which in many ways is more important at OLB, is excellent. He ran a 4.20 sec. short shuttle, behind only Tyler Starr (a likely 7th round special team guy who ran 4:15), Anthony Barr (4:19), and Khalil Mack (4:18). Murphy was faster in that drill than EVERYONE ELSE at the position including Clowney, Ford, Attaochu, Van Noy, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Marcus Smith. And in the 3 cone drill he was faster than everyone except Starr. This short area quickness shows up on tape.

    While not as instinctive as Van Noy, he’s a smart, heady player. He cuts off angles in the backfield, swats passes when he can’t get to the QB, and rarely gets fooled by misdirection.. He runs over blocking RBs with ease, stays clean against OTs with his length, and even splits double teams. And like Van Noy, he makes game changing plays at critical moments. At 6’6″-250 his size and skill set reminds me of Jared Allen.

    That makes him a player I hope Telseco and Co. have on the radar.

  • BruisingChargers

    Hey Nick, nice article. We are all ready for the draft. There are so many good picks in every round of this draft. I think we will pick someone in each round lol. Just my opinion.

    • Nick Lee

      haha yeah we are getting restless. enough with the analysis lets just draft people already!

  • Marco

    has anybody watched Sports science on espn? Dee Ford put up some crazy numbers on there. Grades up there with Von Miller. and can spin around a blocker as fast as Adrian Peterson.

  • Alter Ego

    Just Saying…

    The Chargers sit at the position of opportunity with the # 25th pick. Because the QBs in this year’s draft are seemingly in a free fall – but still remain a valuable commodity to half a dozen QB desperate teams, I see the Bolts possibly pulling the trigger and trading out of the first round and loading up with multiple selections in round two and three.

    The Jags and Browns who own the third and fourth pick respectfully, are the noteworthy teams with a glaring need for upgrades at QB. Speculation is that neither team will spend their 1st picks at QB because …well – there just isn’t a sure fire QB candidate that stands out among the cluster to be crowned a top five pick at this point. Sammy Watkins and Khalil Mack may prove to be too tempting to pass up and they both may plan on grabbing their QB later.

    Here’s where it becomes interesting – the Browns also have the # 26 pick in the first round and that makes the Chargers’ # 25 pick gold. If the Jags want to scoop in and take a QB before the Browns it would make sense for them to trade with San Diego. What makes this more plausible is the relationship that Chargers’ GM Tom Telesco has with Jacksonville’s GM David Caldwell. To call them friends would be an understatement – they’ve known each other since HS…played football together in college and worked together in Indianapolis. Ummm…I’m sure they are on each other’s cell phone friends list.

    So it goes down like this. The Jags give up Round two pick # 39 and round three pick # 70 for the Bolts first round # 25.
    That gives San Diego four picks in the meat of the draft. That gives Telesco the ammo he needs to grab the fantastic four – the four best defensive players available -and I see it panning out this way:

    # 35 Kyle Van Noy – OLB BYU
    # 57 Scott Crichton – DE Oregon State
    # 70 Daniel McCullers – DT Tennessee
    #89 Bashaud Breeland – CB Clemson

    That would be an outstanding draft for San Diego in rounds two and three – all four players would be an immediate impact for the defensively needy Bolts.

    Give me a shout out on what you think. I think it is brilliant for the Bolts.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Van Noy & Crichton would play the same position for the chargers 3-4 OLB, I like both of them but I can’t see them taking both of them. If you want an additional 3-4 DE, look for the DT group or look for a site that does do a grouping for 3-4 DE like this one,

      Remember DE in the chargers scheme have hold up blockers and be power players, not pass rushers. l would love to see that trade with Jacksonville, for me under that circumstance:

      39 Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
      57 Philip Gaines CB Rice
      70 Dante Moncrief WR Ole Miss
      89 DaQuan Jones NT Penn State

      • Alter Ego

        I like your Scenario with the exception of Moncrief…I hope if a trade does happen we take advantage and go all defense with our picks.
        I still believe however, that Van Noy and Crichton would be a better draft for the Bolts over Gaines…of course I love Breeland at # 89.