On a day when several players from Utah colleges were expected to go in the first three rounds it turned out that during NFL Draft 2014 there would be only one: BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy. Van Noy was expected to possibly even go in the first round by some NFL Draft reporters’ estimates.
Instead, Van Noy was selected with the 40th overall selection in the second round by the Detroit Lions on Friday, May 9. He goes to a Lions team where he will join another former Cougar star, defensive end Ziggy Ansah -- who went early in the first round to the Lions at last year’s draft.
Having been selected first among all players from Utah colleges, Van Noy shares the same distinction as Ansah did last year in that regard. He also continues a short but proud tradition of BYU players going to play for the Lions.
The Utah Utes may have had the last laugh on the scoreboard but when it comes to being drafted first in the state -- and getting a guaranteed contract for having been selected in the first three rounds -- Van Noy gets the absolute final guffaw here.
“The Lions are starting a BYU pipeline,” BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said in a press release. “Detroit will not be disappointed. Kyle has matured and grown as a person and as a football player, and I couldn't be more proud of him. He's a fantastic football player. I'm looking forward to following his career in the NFL."
What’s more is that the Lions traded up five picks to get Van Noy at No. 40, further cementing rumors that several NFL teams -- including the San Diego Chargers -- were interested in the BYU linebacker and were considering moving up in the draft to get him. The Lions did so on Friday and were rewarded with a linebacker who can contribute right away.