The NFL Combine continued on Monday with defensive linemen and linebackers taking the field to show their skills prior to April’s NFL Draft. BYU’s Eathyn Manumaleuna (DE) and Kyle Van Noy (LB) taking the field.
The Combine brings together the top 300 pro prospects and puts them through a series of physical drills and tests, as well as interviews them for character evaluation. While neither player blew away the competition with their physical speed and strength, their production should warrant both of them being drafted and making NFL teams. Let’s look at the results.
Kyle Van Noy
|40 yd. dash||4.71 sec.||13||5.16 sec||NR|
|225 lb. bench press (# of reps)||21||NR||29||9|
|3 cone drill||7.22 sec.||T-15||7.78 sec.||NR|
|20 yd shuttle||4.2 sec.||7||Hasn't competed||NA|
Manumaleuna was most obviously the weaker of the two Cougars competing on Monday. While slower speeds may be justified for a defensive lineman with exceptional size and strength, Eathyn has neither. At 6’2″ and 296 lb., his size and strength just aren’t big enough to envision him being a big time NFL prospect. Without any great individual strengths like pass rushing, run blocking, or pass breakups, it may be difficult for scouts to take a serious look at him until the later rounds, or perhaps as an unsigned free agent.
Van Noy, on the other hand, looks to have a more promising back. NFL.com gives Van Noy a 5.55 ranking, which fits into the range of “Chance to become an NFL starter.” Impressed by his quickness and strength, scouts see Van Noy playing in most likely a 3-4 system, though he could also play in a 4-3. His best strengths are in pass-rushing and pass-coverage, particularly on tight ends and backs. Most analysts see Van Noy as being a second round pick. Among those most interested in Van Noy are the Green Bay Packers, whom Kyle has worked out for. Playing outside linebacker with All-Pro LBs Clay Matthews and A.J. Hawk would seem to be a great spot for Van Noy to end up.
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