Well, Mr. Van Noy, you’ve finally arrived! Playing in the NFL is no longer just a dream. The picture above has you donning your first official NFL uniform and can I just say, that blue continues to be a good fit for you. The Lions have wasted no time in putting their big 2nd round draft pick and former Cougar to work.
Last week, Van Noy participated in the first three days of the Lions’ rookie camp, and much like his time with the Cougars, it appears that Van Noy will play several different positions in a variety of different looks. As Utah State, Texas, and San Diego State in particular can attest, that proposition is scary, as he terrorized those teams in run stopping, blitzing, drop back coverage, and most excitedly in his ability to score defensive points.
“I fit in all sorts of sets,” Van Noy said today after Day 2 of rookie minicamp. “I’ve been going in at the (strong side linebacker) position as well on a sub team, so a little bit of everything. A do-it-all kind of ‘backer.”
The addition of Van Noy should help the 6th overall rushing defense in the league even better in 2014. While it is expected that most of his time will be seen at the strong side linebacker position, he is also expected to line up in the defensive end position for the Lions. Over the past several years the Lions’ front seven has established itself as one of the premier sets in the league. Van Noy joins Pro Bowler Ndamukong Suh (DT), Nick Farley (DT), as well as the two leading tacklers from 2013 Stephen Tulloch (LB) and Deandre Levy (LB). He’ll also be re-united with 2013 #6 overall draft pick Ziggy Ansah, whom Van Noy mentored and was roommates with during their the 2012-2013 seasons at BYU. Ziggy and Van Noy have reportedly already reconnected and enjoyed hanging out and playing video games like old times.
The Lions made it clear after trading up to take Van Noy as their first pick of the second round that they intend for him to start right from the get go.Though Van Noy has yet to sign his rookie contract, he has been involved in team activities and according to his blog has already set specific goals coming into the season.
“My expectation for rookie camp is to learn the defense completely and be able to go into OTAs without skipping a beat, being able to go with the veterans. If they say run with the ones, than I’ll be running quickly. If they tell me to run with the twos, run quickly with them and make everything a smooth transition. It’s just to get all the cobwebs off since I haven’t been out there playing seven-on-seven and all those things.”