2014 NFL Draft Player Profiles – BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy

By Alex Kozora

With the regular season over, our focus has shifted to the offseason. For the next few months, I’ll be providing scouting reports on prospects. Some the Pittsburgh Steelers may look at. Other top players that will be off the board before the Steelers select. All to make you as prepared for the 2014 NFL Draft as possible.

Breakdown of pass rushing linebacker Kyle Van Noy from BYU.

Kyle Van Noy/OLB BYU: 6’3/2 244

The Good

– Excellent athlete

– Impressive get off

– Quick-twitch player

– Appears to have above average length

– Fluid hips and an asset in coverage

– Playmaker, disruptive as a pass rusher and in the backfield

– Swim is his best pass rushing move

– Extremely versatile, used aggressively and lined up all over the place

– Lots of experience dropping into coverage

– Closes quickly and shows good hustle

– Instinctive

– Gets his hands up to knock passes down/take away throwing lanes

– Seems to understand hand placement/arm extension

– Productive career though statistically, down senior season

– Came up big in important games

– Lots of starting experience

The Bad

– Lacking functional strength against the run, struggles against tackles with a good punch

– Will have trouble shedding once an OL has locked on

– Won’t always stay square to the ball against the run

– Can get over aggressive at times, taking bad angles and missing tackles, has to finish plays

– Could add to his repertoire a bit more

– Scheme, aggressiveness allowed him to get away with using his hands less, got a lot of free rushes

– Age?


– 36 career starts

– 17 TFL, 4 sacks, 14 hurries, 2 INTs senior year

– 22 TFL, 13 sacks in 2012

– 61.5 TFL, 26 sacks, 7 interceptions, in his career

– 3rd Team AP All-American junior year

– FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Year in 2013

– 12.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks in four career bowl games

– Age is not confirmed

Van Noy is another one of those athletes that take your breath away. Likely one of the best in the draft.

First play of the game against Utah St, he reads the QBs eyes/drop, leaps to pick off the pass, and house it. Makes it look easy.

Later, with Van Noy moved out wide, he burst off the ball and can’t get cracked by a wide receiver. Gets into the backfield and drops the back for a loss.

Look how quickly he closes on the QB. As soon as he turns off the run action, Van Noy is in his face and forces a poor throw.

And one more to illustrate his effort against the run. Chases down the back to save the touchdown.

A still to show the supreme get off he has. Quicker off the ball than anybody else.


BYU used him extremely aggressively and asked him to wear a lot of hats. From playing both outside linebacker spots



To being split out on the hashes in coverage



To dropping into coverage at inside linebacker


He’s been asked to cover every inch of ground on the football field. That versatility is a big plus. Especially in subpackage football. Van Noy won’t have to be taken off the field because he can’t fulfill a certain assignment.

As good as he is at getting to the ball, he has to work on finishing and bringing the ballcarrier down. Gets over aggressive and takes poor angles or simply can’t finish the tackle.

He has to add upper body strength. It’ll help his bull rush and get off blocks in the run game. Not particularly good when he two gaps.

Right tackle easily anchors below

So similar to Jarvis Jones, though Van Noy is the superior athlete, he’ll have to hit the weight room.

The fact he has so much experience dropping into coverage is another plus. Flips his hips with ease. Didn’t play much man but apt covering the flats and hook zones.

The former Cougars’ backstory and journey to BYU is an inspiring one and shows how much he’s matured during his time in college. Encourage you to read his backstory.

It stands to reason that the team will retain at least Jason Worilds or LaMarr Woodley into 2014 meaning it’s unlikely they address outside linebacker in the first round. But Van Noy is an impact player who at the least, will be a valuable situational pass rusher his rookie year.

Projection: Early Second

Games Watched: at Virginia, at Texas, at Utah St, vs Washington (Bowl)

Previous Scouting Reports:
Buffalo LB Khalil Mack
Illinois State T/G Josh Aladenoye
Penn State WR Allen Robinson
ILB Shayne Skov
Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin
North Carolina TE Eric Ebron
Auburn T Greg Robinson
Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman
Notre Dame NT Louis Nix III
Auburn LB Dee Ford
Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro
North Dakota State T Billy Turner
Boston College RB Andre Williams
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney

About the Author

Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • grw1960

    If the Steelers don’t get Mosley in the 1st round and IF they think he has the smarts for the position. I could see the Steelers looking hard at Van Noy in the 2nd should he still be there at pick 46 as future 3 down Buck ILB

  • Shawn Winbush

    not drafting anyone whose age can’t be confirmed..lol

  • Gerald Brown

    I could be wrong, but I read he was born June 19, 1990. Would make him 24 this year.

  • RocklinSports

    Van Noy delayed his entry into BYU by one year after high school for personal reasons. Did not serve a mission. Same age as a typical Red Shirt Senior

  • Alex Kozora

    That’s what wikipedia says but it isn’t sourced. Other articles place him being born in mid 1991. BYU one of those schools that doesn’t give out his age. I mean, he’s not 29. But I don’t know how old he is.

  • Alex Kozora

    Just to be clear for what this reasons were. It was a deal in order to still attend BYU despite violating their honor code that would normally release him from his commitment.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Very good point. With our current lack of depth at LB, we could really use a draft pick with more versatility.

    I like both Murphy (Stanford) and Van Noy (BYU) in that regard.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Love the story I read about him. He looks good and has great potential. Whether the Steelers go for him, I doubt it. I’d be happy if he becomes a Steeler.

  • RyanW

    Im a BYU fan and have watched nearly every game of his college career and I can tell you this guy is everything want a player to be on and off the field. His stats were down his senior year cause he was taking a lot of double teams and teams avoided running to whichever side he was on. Id be ecstatic if the Steelers took him. Id think hed bbe available to us in round 2 based on most mocks ive seen and would love it if we picked him up.

  • LayDownTheHammer

    You people say that for every Mormon player. Not biased at all.

    That being said, objectively, I think the comparison to Jarvis is absolutely spot on. Similar impact to him in the first year, but when he gains weight he should become impact depending on how he is used and the scheme.

  • RyanW

    Hey dipsh!t I aint mormon and I dont say that for every mormon player. You know what they say when u assume right?. A$$hat.

  • Alan Felicia

    First time I saw Van Noy play was last year during the Poinsetta Bowl (2013) against San Diego State. He was an absolute monster: 8 tackles, 1.5 sacks, FF, a blocked punt, Fumble recovery for a TD and INT for a TD!

  • souptwins

    23 or 24 at the most. Had one year of sitting out before starting– same as a red shirt player.

  • Bomar22

    You can go to the bank that Van Noy will NOT be there for the Steelers in the 2nd round

  • Winston7ok

    Read his story in Jeff Benedict’s book, “The System”.

    He was indeed released from his commitment to play football and had to sit out and prove himself for a year.

    Not many young men today would be willing to do that.

  • Winston7ok

    Just what is an A$$hat?