Bearded Van Noy (gasp!) mostly lets combine numbers stand at BYU's Pro Day
BYU held its annual Pro Day on Friday at the Indoor Practice Facility, with scouts from 21 NFL teams and one CFL team (if you count former BYU QB Max Hall of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who was there mostly to throw the ball around, but also clocked a few players before it was his turn to work with the receivers).
Here are the teams that had representatives on hand to take a look at the players:
San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneeers, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Dallas Texans, Tennessee Titans.<
BYU players who participated, some more than others, included:
LB Kyle Van Noy, WR Cody Hoffman, DB Daniel Sorensen, DT Eathyn Manumaleuna, LB Spencer Hadley, LB Devin Unga (injured, just watched), WR JD Falslev, OL Manaaki Vaitai, TE Richard Wilson, TE Kaneakua Friell and WR Marcus Mathews
The only non-BYU player was quarterback Griff Robles. The Spanish Fork product played for Utah for a couple of years, then transferred to Dixie State College in St. George. Robles told me he was at BYU "because they let me come" but also noted that he will throw at Utah's Pro Day later this month.
Of course, most eyes were on Kyle Van Noy, the All-American linebacker who most people believe will be the first BYU player taken in April's NFL Draft.
Van Noy participated in a linebacker drill along with Spencer Hadley (it was conducted by a rep from the San Diego Chargers), but I didn't see him do any other drills. I asked him why he didn't run the 40 (his published time in the 40 from the NFL Combine was 4.71) and he said: "I didn't need to."
First thing Van Noy said when reporters surrounded him for an interview: "Yes, I have a beard."
He said he weighed in at 246 pounds on Friday and was happy with that.
Van Noy looked athletic and explosive in the linebacker drill, although Hadley looked a little quicker, while weighing in at 228 pounds.
What did Van Noy think about it?
"I think it went really well," he said. "I came back to do the drills, and I felt like I was pretty crisp in them. I felt like I need to get in a little elevation shape. I think the altitude got to me a little bit. But staying in shape was a good thing out in California, and then just doing the drills pretty crisp and enjoying the environment with people that you trained with for four years here, it was fun."