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BYU football: Kyle Van Noy moving up on mock boards as NFL Draft 2014 draws near

Former BYU Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy may have started mock drafts several months ago as a mid-to-late second round pick -- but he appears to be picking up a ton of interest as NFL Draft 2014 draws near.

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy. Photo by George Frey/Getty Images

With Kyle Van Noy slated to be picked anywhere from the beginning of the second round -- or towards the middle of the second -- it’s anyone’s guess where precisely he’ll land. But the picture is becoming a bit more clear now.

CBSSports.com said in its mock draft on Tuesday, April 8 that the former BYU star would go with the 11th pick in the second round of NFL Draft 2014 to the New York Giants.

“As the Giants continue to revamp their linebacker group, Van Noy gives them a versatile option who can do it all,” said Dane Brugler, NFL.com senior analyst in the CBSSports.com article.

Brugler is not the only team willing to consider Kyle Van Noy in the early-to-mid-second round of NFL Draft 2014, according to the most recent mock drafts coming out.

In Sports Illustrated’s Fan Sided section on Wednesday, April 9. Reporter Michael Straw has Kyle Van Noy going 5th in the second round to the Atlanta Falcons.

According to ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr., teams would get an “early impact” from the former BYU star, he added in his article on Wednesday, April 8 -- and he believes Kyle Van Noy is slated to be picked 11th in the second round of NFL Draft 2014 by Detroit.

Kiper pointed to the ex-BYU star’s versatility -- which seems to be something most draft analysts are focusing on as NFL Draft 2014 draws near. And it might explain why so many NFL teams seem to be have interest in Kyle Van Noy.