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2014 NFL Draft: Kyle Van Noy selected by the Detroit Lions with the 40th overall pick

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With the 40th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Detroit Lions select, Kyle Van Noy, Linebacker, Brigham Young University.

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After watching a number of outside linebackers jump ahead of him last night, Kyle Van Noy saw his name called in tonight's second round. About 45 minutes into tonight's second round draft coverage, the Detroit Lions traded up to select Kyle Van Noy in the second round with the 40th overall pick.

An instinctive play maker and edge-rusher like Van Noy could end up being a steal in the second round for the Lions. At the collegiate level, Van Noy was an absolute game changer for BYU. Van Noy is a well-rounded defensive talent who totaled 223 tackles at BYU, 7 Interceptions and 26 sacks over his collegiate career. In both 2011 and 2012, he was the only player in the FBS to record a stat in every major defensive category. The Lions are getting a solid linebacker who can play sideline to sideline and be very disruptive to an offense. Van Noy joins his former teammate from BYU, Ezekiel Ansah on the Lions. In one year together as starters for the Cougars, Van Noy and Ansah were a dominant force on a BYU defense that ranked among the top defenses in the nation. Van Noy recorded 13 sacks with Ansah in front of him back in 2012. It will be exciting to see if Ansah and Van Noy can have that same dominance together at the NFL level.

For more on Van Noy make sure to check out his pre-draft profile here.

Vanquish The Foe would like to congratulate Kyle Van Noy on this huge lifetime achievement and wish him luck!

Stay tuned to Vanquish The Foe during the draft to find out where your favorite Cougars wind up, and a more detailed analysis of what teams they will play for and what it means.