Senior Bowl Watch: BYU LB Kyle Van Noy

By Ernie Padaon

Oct 4, 2013; Logan, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy (3) defensive back Skye PoVey (7) defensive back Robertson Daniel (4) and defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna (55) celebrate after Van Noy intercepts the ball and scores a touchdown on Utah State Aggies first play of the game at Romney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers could use some help getting after the quarterback. Melvin Ingram showed how much a pass rusher was missed when he made his return to the field. The defense gained back some life after his return and it started forcing some turnovers. Ingram won’t be able to do it all on his own though. The team will need to add more help getting after the quarterback.

During Senior Bowl practices this week, the Chargers should have their eyes on BYU’s Kyle Van Noy. Van Noy looks like he is perfectly built for the outside linebacker position in a 3-4 defense. He is very versatile and athletic. He is not just a pure pass rusher. He can do a lot of things on the football field. He can cover tight end and running backs out of the backfield and he plays physical football. Sounds like a nice fit.

Van Noy looked like he could slip to the 2nd round, but with some good practices at the Senior Bowl and a good showing at the combine, he will be selected in the first round and could be available when the Chargers go up to the podium. As a Charger, he would compete for a starting job at outside linebacker and would be able to learn a lot from Jarret Johnson and Dwight Freeney.