BYU’s Kyle Van Noy is the top rated Cougars prospect in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft and he is not afraid to let people know what NFL team he would like to play for. While he would obviously like to play anywhere at the next level, one team that is especially intriguing is the Detroit Lions.
Van Noy pointed to former college teammate Ezekiel Ansah as a big reason why he would love to play in the Motor City, but he also believes he would be a fit in their new scheme.
“Dude, I’m not even kidding, that would be awesome. I can probably mess with him and say I still know more about football than him,” Van Noy said, via MLive.com. “But really, it would be a dream come true to play in the NFL with someone like that.
“And with the Lions, I think I’d fit right in. I feel like they have a great pass rush, and I have the versatility to play behind them and be disruptive.”
Van Noy is considered a “tweener” as a prospect, which means he can play either 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker. When you consider that new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin has said the team could mix in different looks with the 30 and 40 fronts this season, adding a player like Van Noy certainly makes sense.
Of course, Van Noy will need to continue improving his draft stock to be considered in the top 15, but he has is motivation to do so and it will be interesting to keep an eye on.