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BYU Cougars football: San Diego Chargers may be Kyle Van Noy’s draft destination

BYU Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
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All signs in the road leading to NFL Draft 2014 appear to be pointing towards the San Diego Chargers selecting former BYU Cougars star Kyle Van Noy. After getting some serious pre-draft heat several weeks ago that had Van Noy ticketed for the first round, things have simmered to a rolling boil in that regard.

But, the San Diego Chargers -- whom many mock drafts have rumored is the potential landing spot for Van Noy for weeks now -- still appear to be the front-runner as of Wednesday, May 7 to draft a player that many in the know consider to be the most versatile linebacker on the draft board.

The Website WalterFootball.com has Van Noy going at No. 57 to the Chargers in the second round. It is no secret that the Chargers need serious help at linebacker -- and Van Noy fills such a need.

According to the Website Drafttek.com, however, Van Noy could go at least 10 picks earlier than No. 57 -- which begs the question: does San Diego have to move up in the draft order to grab Van Noy?

“The Chargers have shown a lot of interest in Kyle Van Noy, who could help their pass-rushing woes; they need an upgrade [at linebacker] across from Melvin Ingram,” a WalterFootball.com reporter said on Wednesday on the eve of the draft.

But, if you’re a Chargers fan, here’s the issue. Obviously you want Van Noy -- Minnesota, Detroit and Miami are rumored destinations for the former BYU star as well and all have second round picks before San Diego does. If Demarcus Lawrence of Boise State continues to slip in mock draft boards, there is no question the Vikings, Fins or Lions would take him.

If Lawrence is gone by late in the first round, however -- as some mocks are predicting he will be -- that could force the Chargers to prevent those teams from taking Van Noy early in the second round. The only way to do that would be to select him over a receiver -- another need for San Diego -- with their No. 25 first round pick, or move up to get him.

Either way, it could be an exciting 48 hours for BYU fans because Van Noy may end up becoming the first player from a Utah college to be selected at NFL Draft 2014.