Oct 25, 2013; Provo, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy (3) attempts to rush around the block of Boise State Broncos offensive linesman Travis Averill (73) during the second half at Lavell Edwards Stadium. Brigham Young won 37-20. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
It is time to check in with the world of 2014 NFL mock drafts to get an updated perspective on how the mockers feel the New Orleans Saints should act in the upcoming 2014 NFL draft.
This week we will check in with Erik Lambert from our partner site NFL Mocks, who has the Saints going a familiar route in the form of a pass rusher — this time Kyle Van Noy from BYU. Lambert writes:
"Everybody thinks that outside linebacker always have to be pass rushers in a 3-4 defense. That is not the case. What the New Orleans Saints need are players who can do other things besides that. Kyle Van Noy is not a great rusher, but his instincts and athleticism allow him to diagnose offenses quickly and make plays on the ball."
Van Noy adds plenty in the pass-rush department, but as Lambert illustrates, the BYU product is also a cerebral player who fits well in Rob Ryan’s amoeba defense.
Ryan has one year under his belt in terms of bringing in his own players for his defense. Van Noy is a great start to Ryan’s second year as he continues to rebuild the unit he inherited.
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