Who knows the most about a football player if not his coach? Inside Handoff reached out to the positional coaches of the top prospects before the 2014 NFL Draft. In the 40 days leading up to the first day of this year’s draft I will count down by sharing comments from these top players’ own coaches. Today I share Kelly Poppinga’s view on BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
Name: Kyle Van Noy
Position: Outside Linebacker
Weight: 245 lbs
Coach: Kelly Poppinga
What are his three key strengths?
“He is very instinctive, he understands what the offense is going to do and he is ready to adjust and do a play. The second thing that I would highlight is simply his understanding of football, he understands the schemes. Finally I would point to his playmaking ability. He can go out there and make a lot of plays. He can change the game with one play by rushing the quarterback, dropping into coverage or making a great play against the run. Those would be the three things.”
What does he still need to develop?
“He has to continue to work on his physical contact. He has to be physical and aggressive at the point of contact. He has made a huge improvement already, but going onto the next level, I think his physical play is one thing that he needs to work on.”
How would you summarize his personality?
“He’s a fun guy to be around; he likes to joke around a lot. He’s just a good guy.”
What impressed you the most about him the first day you met him?
“His knowledge of the game. He really understood the game of football really well. He knew offensive schemes, he knew our schemes. It is very impressive how much he understands football.”
Which was his best game?
“The best game of Kyle Van Noy’s career? Oh yeah, San Diego State in 2012! He made a lot of plays, he scored two touchdowns – he had an interception for a touchdown and a strip sack for a touchdown. He did a lot of great things either by rushing the quarterback or dropping into coverage. He was very versatile, had a couple tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, interception, fumble – he was all over the scoresheet.”
What other position could he play?
“He could play an outside linebacker off the ball in a 4-3 scheme. He could even perhaps move inside and play an inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, with his athleticism and size he could do that. Playing an outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme is more likely, however.”
Which former or current NFL player would you compare him to?
“Great question, have to think about it…I would say Lance Briggs. He is a lot like Briggs from the Chicago Bears.”
Other interviews of ‘The Coach’s View’ series can be found here.