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Van Noy to Detroit: What They’re Saying

9 May 2014 Brett Richins
Former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy was selected by the Detroit Lions with the eighth pick of the second round of the NFL Draft. (BYU photo)

Former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy was selected by the Detroit Lions with the eighth pick of the second round of the NFL Draft. (BYU photo)

Good friends and former members of the Cougar football team have traded in their BYU Blue for Honolulu Blue.

The Detriot Lions reunited linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive end Ziggy Ansah after making Van Noy their second-round pick and the 40th overall selection in the NFL draft on Friday night.

Ansah was a first-round pick of the Lions in last year’s draft, the fifth player selected overall.

On Friday, the Lions moved up five spots in the second round in order to secure the services of one of the most disruptive forces in BYU history.

“There were a couple teams we had a concern about,” Lions’ general manager Martin Mayhew said.

“We started calling at the very top with Houston and worked our way all the way down until we got somebody where we had a good match as far as draft choices. There were a couple teams we thought were hot spots for him.”

Kyle’s selection was met with immediate approval by both the Detroit and national media, as well as the Lions’ coaching staff.

Here’s a look at the early reaction to Detroit’s second-round pick:

“Van Noy, one of the most versatile linebackers in the draft, provides the Lions the outside pass rusher they were looking for to complete new coordinator Teryl Austin’s defense.” — Dave Birkett/Detriot Free Press

“Van Noy provides a much-needed boost to the Lions’ beleaguered pass rush. They registered just 33 sacks last season, which was 28th in the league, and ranked just 23rd against the pass overall.

“And they rarely blitzed, preferring instead to drop back into coverage and let the defensive line drive the pass-rush. That will change under the new regime, with defensive coordinator adding varied fronts that are designed to come after the quarterback from multiple positions.

“Such a scheme requires versatile players. Van Noy is just that, with the ability to play on the first or second level, and that means he could play right away — and a lot.” –Kyle Meinke/Mlive.com

“The team was so focused on securing his services that they called every team selecting above them, starting with the Houston Texans at No. 33, to try and trade up. –Justin Rodgers, Mlive.com

“I think it’s a heck of a pick. Two years ago, with Ansah, had 13 sacks. Dropped to four this past season, could’ve had 15. Missed a lot of opportunities in the backfield to get that quarterback to the ground.

“He’s blocked kicks, he has seven career interceptions, great change of direction. Spin move with purpose, getting after the quarterback. Love that.” –Mel Kiper, ESPN

“Detroit has a need for this kind of player. He does everything well. I’m not sure he has one outstanding trait. He can play that outside SAM position. I think that’s what Van Noy will be. I like the pick.” –Mike Mayock, NFL Network

“He fits best as a right outside linebacker in a 3-4, but that suits the Lions in the scheme they plan to use this year under new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

“The Lions are looking for playmakers on a defense that tied for 21st last year with only 22 turnovers – 15 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries – and that was Van Noy’s specialty. He showed a knack for getting to the ball and causing sacks and turnovers.” — Mike O’Hara, Detroit Lions.com

“He fits exactly what the Lions want from the SAM linebacker position. He can play the run, rush the passer and drop in coverage. He’s the total package.” –Tim Twentyman, Detroit Lions.com

“We’ll figure out ways to use him and get him going. He turns the ball over:–sacks, strips, interceptions.” –Teryl Austin, Detriot defensive coordinator

“We know he is going to contribute. We know that right away, and he has that kind of ability. He’s a dedicated individual. He’ll catch on quickly to what we’re doing. He’s smart and he’ll work at it.

“It gives us a chance to get another guy on the field with not only speed and power — because that’s how you turn that thing over. You have guys that get around the ball, get around it quickly, and particularly defensive players that can move to the ball.

“The old adage was, ‘A defensive player’s value to his football team is inversely proportionate to his distance from the ball.’ This guy can get to the ball, right? Without question, he’s got the speed to do it. He certainly has a knack for it.” –Jim Caldwell, Detroit head coach

“This guy is very versatile, very productive. When you put him in, he’s going to be chasing down ball carriers. He’s got a lot of range, makes plays on the ball in the passing game, sacks the quarterback. I think he will be a great fit for our defense.” –Martin Mayhew, Detriot general manager

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