It's been known now that the Chargers have been very interested in Edge Rusher/do it all linebacker Kyle Van Noy. They met with him after the Senior Bowl. As well as before before his Pro Day.
San Diego Chargers met with Kyle Van Noy/LB/BYU yesterday before today's pro-day for film work, etc....— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) March 14, 2014
Much like the players I wrote about yesterday, Van Noy is a high motor/energy guy. His atleticism won't blow you away. Here's how his measureables won't blow you away. Here's how he stacked up against other outside linebackers at the combine.
|Measurable||Van Noy||Average OLB|
|Arm Length||31 5/8"||32 1/2"|
|40 Yard Dash||4.71||4.69|
|Broad Jump||112||116 9/10"|
|20 Yard Shuttle||4.2||4.28|
But again, what matters is what the player brings on the field. Van Noy has traits that make up for his lack of explosiveness.
Where He Excels
- Incredible Awareness. Very Intelligent Football Player
- Setting the Edge/Staying unblocked in the Run Game
- Very Comfortable in Space/Coverage
- Making Plays. Period
I believe Van Noy's ability to set the edge in the run game is an underrated part of his game that doesn't get nearly the credit it should. He usually does this by beating his man to the spot, not by pure strength. Because he is a high motor guy, he also doesn't stay blocked. That's why you see him continue to make plays.
Van Noy has some of, if not the best instincts in the class. His ability to diagnose, and react is amazing. This is why it's easy to see him continuing to make plays at the next level. There were 2 times against Washington, where he read the screen, and completely took the play away. Against Utah State, he read a quick throw, stopped his rush, and went for a pick 6.
Van Noy is very comfortable in space. He's excellent at getting depth, and being where he needs to be in coverage. He does a good job of getting into passing lanes and being disruptive, as well as finding work in coverage.
What really matters is how he is as a pass rusher, right? You don't take an edge player who can't rush the passer high. I don't think Van Noy will win with a speed rush primarily, but he's very effective in stunting, countering towards the inside, and has a very nice arm over move.
Van Noy has also shown that he can win with a "rip" move as well as a spin move, though the spin move is very hit and miss. Outside of his arm over move, Van Noy might be best when he attacks the outside shoulder of the tackle, gets him to over commit, then beats him with an inside step move.
Van Noy is unique. I can't tell if I'm underrating, or overrating him as a pass rusher. He is quick off of the snap, but doesn't have that "rare 1st step", and certainly won't win as a power rusher. But at the end of the day, he's disruptive.
What Will Hold Him Back
- Elite Burst
- Better At Disengaging
- Form Tackling
- Strength At the Point of Attack
|Multiple Pro Bowl Player, Top 10||8.5 – 9.0|
|Highly Productive Starter, 1st Round||8.0 – 8.4|
|Very Good Starter, Early 2nd Round||7.8 – 7.9|
|Reliable Starter, 2nd Round||7.5 – 7.7|
|Potential Starter in Year 2, 3rd Round||7.0 – 7.4|
|Backup/Spot Starter, 4th Round||6.5 – 6.9|
|Productive Backup, 5th Round||6.0 – 6.4|
|Very Good Backup/STs, 6th Round||5.5 – 5.9|
|Quality Backup/Good STs, 7th Round||5.0 – 5.4|
|Backup/STs/Project Player, 7th Round||4.5 – 4.9|
|Priority Free Agent w/ Limitations||4.0 – 4.4|
|Vs. The Run||4||3.6|
|Pass Rush Ability||4||3.5|
|Read & React||3||2.8|
|Pass Rush Moves||2||1.7|
|Stack & Shed/Strength at POA||2||1.4|