Originally posted by GEEK:
Similar frame to Bruce Irvin, but to me he doesn't have the physical ability to be a 3-4 OLB in our scheme. Great player and instant starter on the majority of NFL teams. Needs to get stronger to take down pro offensive players.
I think he's the perfect 4-3/Tampa 2 OLB type player.
Physical ability as in strength and size? I think he was double teamed a lot his Senior season..
Tampa 2 for his cover skills?
I think Van Noy can fit in as a 3-4 OLB. Every OLB will allow defenses to do different things. As long as he can pass rush, tackle, stop the run, and occasionally cover he can fit in. He can probably cover better than most 3-4 OLBs so that allows you to do a lot of different defensive schemes. Every good 3-4 OLB is different. Clay Matthews, Tamba Hali, Lamarr Woodley, James Harrison, Justin Houston, Terrell Suggs, Demarcus Ware etc..
I would look first for playmaking ability rather than fitting schemes..
I just think he's an explosive playmaker in the mold of the Honeybadger. Mathieu was probably one of my best calls in last year's draft, cuz I had him pretty much at the top while many had him as a 3rd/4th rounder. Before Mathieu's injury people were looking at him winning DROY.