6’3” – 245 lbs. – 4.60e
2010: 36 – 7.5 – 2.0, 2 QBH, 2 FF, 1 FR (TD), 2 PD
2011: 68 – 15.0 – 6.0, 10 QBH, 3 FF, 1 FR (TD), 3 PD, 3 INT, 1 K/P B
2012: 52 – 22.0 – 13.0, 8 QBH, 6 FF, 5 PD, 2 INT (1 TD), 2 K/PB
Worked his way into the rotation as a freshman, starting two games in total. Started more consistently as a sophomore, totaling eight of the thirteen contests in which he played. As a junior, broke out, being named to the AP All-America Third Team in his first season as a full-time starter, leading to being named to the Bednarik, Butkus, and Nagurski watch lists in 2013.
• Highly productive player with nearly three years of starting experience.
• Possesses an explosive first step when rushing opposing quarterbacks.
• Runs exceptionally well for his position, effective in backside pursuit.
• Athletic enough to assume man-coverage responsibilities on tight ends.
• Very rangy, high-motor player who makes plays on second effort.
• Has a few different rush moves, demonstrating a particularly nice swim.
• Added weight every year in college, beginning as a 219-lb. freshman.
• Could realistically fit at outside linebacker in either an even or odd front.
• Outstanding ball skills in coverage and in terms of stripping ballcarriers.
• Offers additional value on special teams blocking kicks and punts.
• Combine weigh-in numbers may reveal inflated collegiate measurables.
• Looks very thin, will need to add lots of weight to play in an odd front.
• Not an ideal edge-setter ion the run game, more of a finesse player.
• Gets a little too aggressive at times and finds himself out of position.
• Takes wide angles in the run game, leaving his gap unaccounted for.
• Misses more tackles than he should, needs to break down more often.
• Arrested as a senior in high school for driving under the influence.
One of the most productive defenders in this year’s class, Van Noy makes plenty of plays, whether versus the run, as a pass rusher, in coverage, or on special teams, with impressive speed and explosiveness. He will need to add weight in the NFL and play with more discipline, but has the ability to develop into a quality starter in a three-or-four-man front. RD 1