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.