The biggest problem in evaluating talent from Brigham Young University is comparing the 25 year old return missionaries to 22 year olds from other programs. That is why Matt Reynolds was not drafted, and probably why Austin Collie left early. However, the three best prospects at BYU right now did not serve LDS missions and will enter the draft at a comparable age. Look for Ziggy Ansah, Kyle Van Noy and Cody Hoffman to go a few rounds earlier than similar players in previous years. Either way, BYU fans will finally see at least one player drafted for the first time since Dennis Pitta in 2010.
Kyle Van Noy
Positives-BYU’s best overall player. He has all the skills to play OLB in 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. One of the best defensive playmakers BYU fans have ever seen. In 38 games at BYU, he has recorded 40 tackles for loss including 19.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 4 interceptions and 2 blocked punts. His versatility will make him a great special teams player until he earns time at OLB.
Negatives-Inconsistent pass rusher. Many of Van Noy’s sacks come from spying mobile QB’s. Needs to add weight. He gets around blocks well, but does not take on blocks enough.
Prediction-I see Van Noy foregoing his senior season, and he will be a late 2nd-early 3rd round pick.
Positives-Athlete. Can play 4-3 end or 3-4 OLB—Because he is so raw, he will need work before getting on the field, so a position change will not push him back as much as others. He will play best as a 4-3 end because he is not just a pass rusher–30 total tackles and 13 for loss with 4.5 sacks this season. Good instincts with enough speed to make plays with them.
Negatives-Peeks into the backfield too often and loses leverage. Needs to add weight and/or work on coverage skills. It will take at least one year before he can be a full time player.
Prediction-Late 1st-early 2nd round pick.
Positives-Makes plays in traffic consistently. He uses his hands and does not let the ball get into his body. Perfect size and speed combination. Consistently makes plays on 3rd down. Put up stats in biggest games—270 yards vs Utah in 3 games, 6 TD’s in 2 bowls games.
Negatives-Disappears at times. He needs to work on route running to separate from NFL DB’s.
Prediction-Hoffman comes back for his senior year because poor QB play has not let him put up the stats he would need to be an early pick. This year or next, his draft range will depend a lot on his 40 time at the combine.
Positives-4 year starter and has produced throughout his career—Freshman All America First Team, All MWC as sophomore, Outland trophy watch list as junior and senior. Perfect size for NFL guard at 6’5” 310 lbs. Good motor. Hands are better than his feet.
Negatives-He’s old. Served a mission and took a redshirt year. He does not get to the second level well for how athletic he is. Lunges too much on run plays. His stock has dropped this season, but that is mostly due the groin injury and his switching from guard to center during the season.
Prediction-6th-7th round draft pick.
Positives-Athletic—He was an All State TE at Highland High School. Switched to tackle during freshman season and has started every game at RT last three years. Good footwork on both pass and run blocking. Good awareness.
Negatives– Biggest weakness is lack of strength. Specifically, he doesn’t show a strong punch in pass blocking or drive in run blocking.