Kyle Van Noy is now officially a Detroit Lion. Van Noy signed a four-year contract with the team that took him #40 overall in this year’s draft. The contract is expected to be worth $5 million with $2 million coming in the form of a signing bonus. Van Noy made the announcement via his Twitter account.
It’s official!!!! So blessed to have this opportunity! Hard work pays off!!! pic.twitter.com/ZhMZLlOlYq
— Kyle Van Noy (@KVN_03) June 4, 2014
With the lack of BYU players drafted in recent years, Van Noy’s signing is a big positive for BYU. Van Noy is expected to compete for a starting job, which would pair him with former roommate Ziggy Ansah. Having two former BYU players starting in the Lions front seven can only be a good thing for BYU. BYU has seen a shift in its recruiting philosophy lately, recruiting more non-LDS players in places such as Texas, California and even Florida, in an attempt to upgrade its athleticism. Putting more players in the NFL, and having these guys play, is free exposure for BYU. High School kids from across the country will be sitting on their couch watching the Sunday night broadcasts and hear two of the first seven Lion defensive players introduce themselves as “Ziggy Ansah/Kyle Van Noy, Brigham Young University.” Granted, the Lions are rarely on NBC primetime, but seeing two BYU names pop up on the Fox Thanksgiving day broadcast will be pretty sweet too.
In the meantime, BYU fans can buy their Kyle Van Noy and Calvin Johnson jerseys and turn Provo into Detroit-west. With two former Cougars on the defense, and Detroit’s color being blue, the Lions seem like a natural fit for BYU fans that do not have a major rooting interest in any particular NFL team. Just as the 49ers were popular among Cougar fans during the Steve Young days. Easy to envision many BYU fans being invested in Lions football over the next number of years.