BYU football: Former Cougars show their stuff at Pro Day
Provo • If those mock NFL drafts are to be believed, BYU All-America linebacker Kyle Van Noy's draft stock is starting to slip just a bit. Some websites now have him projected as a third-round pick, when most had him as a second-rounder or better before last month's NFL Combine.
However, at BYU's Pro Day on Friday, held at the Indoor Practice Facility on campus, Van Noy let his combine numbers stand, choosing to not run the 40-yard dash or do other specific drills in front of representatives from at least 21 NFL teams.
"I didn't need to," Van Noy said, when asked why he didn't try to improve on the 4.71-second time in the 40 he posted in Indianapolis, or the 21 bench presses, 32.5-inch vertical leap or other drills.
Does that mean Van Noy is happy with his rather pedestrian combine time in the 40?
"You know, that's the media's time. That's not what the coaches have," he said. "So, I wouldn't necessarily trust what [reporters] have as their times. But I was happy with what I did, and the feedback I got."
When pressed, Van Noy said a 4.65 time "is an accurate time" for him.
Van Noy said he has spoken to all 32 NFL teams since the season ended, but refused to speculate Friday which round he might go in, or which team could draft him.
"Who is the No. 1 pick? Nobody knows. So I have no idea where I am going," he said.
Van Noy did get in some work Friday. A scout from the San Diego Chargers put Van Noy and fellow linebacker Spencer Hadley through some linebacker drills.
"I think every team is showing a lot of interest," said Van Noy, who has been training in San Diego. "They happen to be the ones that did the drills today. I was happy for that. I love the Chargers and would love to be in that powder blue."
Along with Hadley and Van Noy, former Cougars J.D. Falslev, Kaneakua Friel, Cody Hoffman, Eathyn Manumaleuna, Marcus Mathews, Manaaki Vaitai, Richard Wilson and Daniel Sorensen participated in some of the drills. Linebacker Uani Unga, still recovering from knee surgery, just watched.
Former University of Utah and Dixie State College quarterback Griff Robles also participated, and joined former BYU and current Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Max Hall in throwing passes to receivers and tight ends at the end of the drills.
Hoffman, the most prolific receiver in BYU history, did some drills despite nursing a sore hamstring he tweaked at the Senior Bowl hoping to improve on some disappointing combine numbers.
"I felt like I did well today, a lot better than the combine, so that's all I could really ask for," Hoffman said. "I did better in my vertical jump [31 inches] and broad jump [9 feet, 8 inches]. I knew at the combine I didn't have nearly the results I wanted."
Sorensen, a safety and special teams ace, turned in some eye-popping times in the agility drills at the combine and has seen his draft stock rise. He stood on those numbers, but ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 and 4.59 seconds, the second-best times of the day.
On Thursday, ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said Sorensen was one of the most "underrated" players in the draft.
"Nothing is really validated until draft day," Sorensen said humbly. "Somebody might have an opinion, but they might not be the one making the decision. So as much hype or as many positive things that you hear, until it is validated by being drafted or getting picked up by a team, it is hard to see that as being real."
BYU Pro Day highlights
• Representatives of 21 NFL teams attend Friday's workouts at BYU's Indoor Practice Facility.
• All-America linebacker Kyle Van Noy stands on his NFL Combine numbers, but does an individual workout directed by a San Diego Chargers representative.
• Prolific receiver Cody Hoffman does some drills despite nursing a sore hamstring and improves his vertical and broad jump numbers from NFL Combine.