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BYU football: linebacker Kyle Van Noy moving into first round of NFL Draft?

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After losing to the rival Utah Utes last season, the BYU football team may still have the last laugh to wrap up the season. As NFL Draft 2014 draws near, one thing is clear: former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy seems to be a wanted man.

Van Noy started out in most mock drafts as a mid-second-round pick but his interviews with various NFL teams -- as well as his versatility to play several different positions -- has created a groundswell of support recently among NFL Draft 2014 columnists, prognosticators and experts.

On Monday, April 21 CBS Sports.com columnist Pete Prisco predicted that Van Noy would be selected 31st overall by the Denver Broncos in his mock draft. More to the point, the Web site has Van Noy ranked 32nd overall on its Big Board, lending credence to the rumor that the BYU linebacker could be a hot commodity on Draft Day. (In fact, Van Noy is rated just below quarterback Derek Carr of Fresno State.)

Here is more news from Draft Central. The San Diego Chargers -- coached by former Ute QB Mike McCoy -- are said to have a keen interest in Van Noy because of his ability to do different things as an outside linebacker.

Managing Editor Ricky Henne of Chargers.com -- the team’s official Web site -- has Van Noy listed as a prospect and had some nice things to say about the BYU linebacker in his scouting report.

“The 6-3, 243-pounder is regarded as having some of the best natural football instincts available in this year’s draft. Combine that with his athleticism and it’s easy to see why he is a true three-down linebacker,” Henne said.

The Chargers have the 25th overall pick in NFL Draft 2014, so there is still the possibility that Van Noy could move up in the draft proceedings from his currently projected spot of Nos. 28-36.

Van Noy had a versatile senior year for BYU, notching 70 tackles -- 17.5 of which were for losses -- as well as four sacks, two interceptions and one safety.

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