What others are saying: Kyle Van Noy 'does everything well,' 'ranks among the elite defenders in the entire class'

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  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    May 13, 2014 4:35 p.m.

    @wookie -

    "Well, awesomeness happened for the BYU Cougars’ All-America linebacker on Friday night, as Detroit selected Kyle Van Noy in the second round, trading up to get one of the best defenders in school history with the 40th overall pick.

    The Lions, who picked Ansah fifth overall last year, need defensive help beyond their stellar defensive line and will count on Van Noy to play immediately, new coach Jim Caldwell told reporters Friday night.

    "We know he’s going to contribute right away," Caldwell said."

    And what else do you know, wookie??

  • Cougar 4 Life Provo, UT
    May 9, 2014 7:44 a.m.


    I knew Pat Tillman very well and know Kyle well too. Kyle and Pat have similar characteristics. It's not a pedestal. Let's let life play out. Reserve your comments unless you know the individuals.

    Only respect to both guys.

  • Challenge to the Foe Fargo, ND
    May 9, 2014 12:41 a.m.

    Cougar 4 Life:

    Although I am a huge BYU fan and think very highly of KVN, he is NOT like Pat Tillman. Mr. Tillman gave up a very lucrative and productive NFL career to serve this country, and paid the ultimate price in doing so. Kyle has high character, but has not, and will most likely not ever willingly make that kind of sacrifice. One of the only other individuals that comes to my mind that could even come close in comparison is Glenn Coffee, former running back for Alabama who played one season for the 49ers before giving it all up to serve God and his country.

    I know you didn't mean anything negative with your comment, but we as a society need to re-assess priorities, and stop putting athletes on the highest pedestals.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    May 8, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    Patriot,we will find out tonight where he goes no doubt. As for playing in the league, he has already been called out by many NFL experts as weak on the run, but what do they know. They also all agree he needs more size and strength, but what do they know. The dnews failed to include the entire section of one report where this informaiton was readily available. It is more than a monumental stretch to compare Kyle to LT, almost laughable, but maybe you are the expert here? I never said Kyle wouldn't be in the NFL, my draft selection is different than others but it is because of what I personally believe will be his abilities in the NFL. He is soft, lacks size and strenght, and in the NFL both will leave you on the outside looking in.

    Go UTES!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 8, 2014 1:36 p.m.

    :re Wookie

    4th to 6th round huh? There isn't one NFL analyst or scout that has him lower than the 2nd round and some have him late 1st round...but what do they know right? As far as soft - that is a joke...you have no idea what your talking about. Don't confuse speed and athletism with being soft. If your too bulky as an outside LB You may stop the run but get burned with the swing passes and covering running backs out of the backfield in general.By the way which U defender is being projected to go in the first two rounds? Any??? The U has no one even close to Kyle. Recall that Lawernce Taylor was never known as a great run stopper - just a hall of fame out side LB with his speed and athletisim.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 8, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    Kyle is just a heck of an athlete pure and simple. He does everything well because he is so athletic - fast, agile, strong, smart. I will say the one thing that may have to bulk about maybe 8 to 10 lbs for is stopping the run. The NFL is big - stong and fast at the running back position.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    May 8, 2014 12:52 p.m.

    He is soft. I'll eat humble pie if he proves me wrong. He avoids the run and against decent tackles struggles. He also takes plays off. He is great if the play breaks down and amazing at covering the pass and blitzing. He will make it in the NFL, but not as a starter, purely situational. I predict 4th to 6th round.

    Good Luck Kyle.

    Go UTES!

  • Sagacious Logan, UT
    May 8, 2014 10:57 a.m.

    Van Noy is the real deal. A truly gifted athlete that will perform well at the highest levels of competitive football. I don't see how even the most avid of BYU sports online critics could disagree with this nearly unanimous assessment by serious football followers.

    It will be fun and entertaining to follow his NFL career wherever that ends up being.

  • Concinnity Meadow, UT
    May 8, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    The phrase for Van Noy is nearly unanimous. All objective college and NFL football pundits seem to agree about his versatile and highly developed abilities. However, since he's from BYU, we pretty much know how Chris B and his fellow Ute minions feel about him, since based on their ongoing comments of many years, nothing good has ever come from BYU.

    Honestly Chris, I'd really enjoy reading your assessment of Van Noy and your prediction of how his NFL career will go.

  • Cougar 4 Life Provo, UT
    May 8, 2014 7:56 a.m.

    Kyle is a rare individual....a Pat Tillman kind if guy! He's an outstanding football player and will do things " his way". He has a tremendous sense of kindness. One of my favorite conversations with him ended with him saying...."all I want to be known as is a good guy". Best of luck today, KVN. You will be missed!!!!