It’s clear that the Detroit Lions addressed a major need in selecting an above average OLB, and doing so in the early rounds of the NFL Draft. Kyle Van Noy is exactly what the Detroit Lions defense needed. Kyle Van Noy was the roommate of Ziggy Ansah at BYU, so they are already going to have some chemistry to build upon. And Detroit’s own DeAndre Levy can show Van Noy a thing or two about being an great OLB. The Detroit Lions played most of 2013 with Ashlee Palmer playing OLB, but he will hand the reigns over to Kyle Van Noy in 2014. Now that the Lions have a solid linebacker core to put behind their monstrous defensive line, they can focus on getting more pressure on opponents’ QB’s.
Kyle Van Noy is an instant improvement to Detroit’s Linebackers of 2013. He is a responsive defender, with good speed bursts, and great ball skills. Although he isn’t known for being a pass rusher, he does get in the backfield very well when he is called to blitz. And, there is no doubt that Van Noy can get after the passer. Van Noy was all over the field his senior year at BYU, and is expected to do much of the same with the Detroit Lions. The Lions want to use Van Noy as a pass rusher, and to help get their big DT’s, Suh and Fairley, freed up in the middle. Kyle Van Noy is known for being disruptive, and is going to give the NFC North’s offense’s some headaches.