Commentary: Kyle Van Noy could play himself into a late-first round draft pick at NFL Combine

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 23, 2014 9:13 p.m.

    Van Noy, BYU, and Utah State were the bright spots for Utah College football.

    May the force continue to be with them next year.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Feb. 23, 2014 12:50 p.m.

    Chris B and Riley M -

    Texas, GA Tech, Houston, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Oklahoma--yeah, those are high schools teams.

    More to the point, you ignored the fact that this year opponents would avoid his side of the field. This impacted his senior year stats that everyone seems to over-focus on.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Feb. 22, 2014 6:58 p.m.

    Chris, I still think that he will go late in the first round but he could be a second rounder... Either way, he made the right decision to finish out his senior year at the college that he loves in front of fans that think so highly of him... He gets a degree, he gets engaged to a beautiful girl, and probably gets drafted at the same or better pick in the draft that he would have gotten last year... All in all, another great decision by Van Noy...

    Not many OLB have the stats that Kyle has, can talk about the BOWL GAME where they basically took over, scored the winning touchdowns and was unanimously selected as the game's MVP... BTW, for those on the hill who are unfamiliar with the term BOWL GAME , that is a game a college team qualifies for based on W-L records at the end of every season.

    And chris, whether or not Kyle is drafted in the first or the second round the fact remains that he will likely to be the FIRST player drafted from the Universities located in the state of Utah... Again... nuff said.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Feb. 22, 2014 3:54 p.m.

    Good luck Kyle. The majority of all sports fans, regardless of favorite college team loyalty, wish you the very best.

    To the other remaining "fans" that are compelled to chime in... Mark your December 2014 calendar as 'free' and start booking your holiday travel now to get the best deals.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 22, 2014 3:36 p.m.

    @Chris B

    Hmmm...sounds like you've been bit by the little green-eyed monster. You still have KVN envy? I noticed we don't hear anyone talking about the draft potential of any ute outside linebackers...

    as for KVN's first round potential, Mel Kiper Jr had him in the top half of the first round in a number of his mock drafts and listed him the 2nd OLB behind UCLA's Barr. Kyle's draft stock will rise after he's done at the NFL Combine ("Mark it down!!") can you say the same about your guy, whats his name....Travis Riley?? (something like that).

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Feb. 22, 2014 12:26 p.m.

    Just the other day I had a truly avid Utah fan tell me that REAL Utah fans NEVER bemoan or talk smack about the players of their rival. He claimed that when the rivalry game was over, they always want the best for individual athletes. I think that is true for both sets of fans.

    But where does that leave many of those making comments on articles about BYU's or Utah's athletes?

  • Clark W. Griswold Sandy, Utah
    Feb. 22, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    "Does Van Noy stand a chance at becoming a first round draft pick?"

    Nope, BYU isn't printing enough t-shirts to promote him.

  • Riley Mendenhall Provo, UT
    Feb. 22, 2014 7:39 a.m.

    Re: Ken Lee

    Van Noy never beat Utah, but he enjoyed success against high school opponents for the last 8 years.
    Congrats to BYU making a bowl game, but who wouldn't with that schedule? BYU was 2-5 vs BCS teams in 2013 (and they didn't even play a conf champion or runner up).
    In 2014 BYU only plays 3 BCS teams (and 2 of them are horrible: Virginia and Cal).
    Rumors are BYU may play Timpview in 2015.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 22, 2014 6:39 a.m.

    "The risk of falling into the early portion of the second round — where team names like the Texans, Jaguars, Raiders, Browns and Bills dot the board — is Van Noy may never have a realistic chance at a title with the team he's drafted by." -- DN

    So what? He never had a realistic chance of winning his "Super Bowl" at BYU or a BCS game. He still was a great player.

  • Cougar Blue 1 Henderson , NV
    Feb. 21, 2014 10:38 p.m.

    Meant to say KVN ending with Ziggy on Detroit.

  • Cougar Blue 1 Henderson , NV
    Feb. 21, 2014 9:50 p.m.

    That would be sweet if KVN and Ziggy ended up on Detroit. However, it looks like they are looking for a WR that would compliment Megatron.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 9:18 p.m.

    Chris, you should be more concerned about making sure your 90% free throw shooter's practicing his shots so next time he might make at least 1 in the clutch than you are about where KVN will be drafted.

  • Scores Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 21, 2014 9:04 p.m.

    Chris, it doesn't matter whether he goes in the First, Second or even Third round. He's going to make some good bank and he will be a productive player in the NFL for years to come. Take a look around and you'll see guys taken in the First round that were total flops, and you'll see guys taken in the late rounds that end up being starters for many years. KVN will be just fine, so don't worry about him.

  • OC Fan Orange County, CA
    Feb. 21, 2014 8:14 p.m.

    I'm predicting we won't know for sure whether he's a first or second round pick until the third round...maybe a little earlier.

  • Ken Lee Pasadena, CA
    Feb. 21, 2014 7:56 p.m.

    well, Van Noy does have the benefit of having played in bowl games each year and also playing on teams with winning records…those things are major plusses to anyone with a fair mind. I suggest most players are going to soon understand when they sign with a team that they want to play on a winning program and have weekly tv coverage of their games….not just an occasional spoiler game and then back to obscurity. GO COUGS.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 6:06 p.m.

    He is like Todd Watkins and Matt Reynolds. Supposed first round picks (through cougar goggles), but the rest of the world doesn't see it that way.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 6:04 p.m.

    I am sure that some us us will sit at home and revel in the fact that Van Noy will go as a second round draft pick. Some will be people on the Hill (picture now that coy and devious smile that the Grinch on his hill gets) that it does their heart good to see KVN not be in the first round. Some will be people who are pleased that a guy who played well and gave his best in multiple facets of life has success.

    Your choice: Be the Grinch who takes soul filling pleasure in the failure of others, or be the person who is pleased when others succeed. Or at least have the good sense to say nothing when they you otherwise.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 5:21 p.m.


    It seems we both read the article. Thanks for the summary.

  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    Feb. 21, 2014 4:04 p.m.

    Hope he comes to Denver and am excited at least one mock draft is showing that possibility.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 3:53 p.m.

    BYU fans thought he was a first round pick last year possibly, and for sure a first round pick this year.

    Some even said he could get into the top 10 this year.

    And now he's likely a 2nd round guy?