With their second round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions selected Kyle Van Noy the outside linebacker from BYU. This was one of the more popular picks for Detroit Lions fans and media due to his close relationship with current Detroit Lion Ezekiel Ansah. It is quite possible he was preferred over other outside linebackers due to his relationship with Ansah. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew stated that in their scouting of Ansah last year, they saw a lot of Van Noy and continued to watch him this season. Van Noy also visited Allen Park earlier this offseason in one of his pre-draft visits.
Van Noy was quoted after being selected as saying he could not be happier to be back playing with family again. He is excited to be a Detroit Lion which is good news for Lions fans. This team needs players that want to be here, players that want to play for Detroit. Van Noy is one of them. Van Noy tweeted pictures of himself and his fiance last night along with Lions gear and excitement.
Kyle Van Noy will be used, per Mayhew, as a three down linebacker. He will not be just a rush linebacker like was expected. He will rush from the linebacker spot but his primary task is to be a traditional outside linebacker. Van Noy brings a pass rush mentality with him and has decent speed for a linebacker. He needs to improve on his instincts and lower body strength, but both of those can be done with the Lions. Overall this was a good pick on many levels. The biggest concern is that the Lions felt they needed to trade up to get him and I feel like he would have still been there at their original spot.