The New England Patriots acquired former Detroit Lions linebacker Kyle Van Noy Lions and a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for the a sixth-round pick on Tuesday afternoon.
Van Noy, a 26-year-old BYU product, had started all 7 of the Lions games at outside linebacker, tallying 23 total tackles and one pass break up. Being so intricately involved in Detroit’s defense, Van Noy, was startled by the news of his trade.
Kyle Van Noy says he was "shocked" to go from starter to traded. Says he had a lot of contact w/ Pats pre-'14 draft. pic.twitter.com/xKODwwreaa
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 27, 2016
Van Noy is an intriguing prospect who might have been out of his element as a traditional 4-3 outside linebacker. In four seasons at BYU, Van Noy racked up 61.5 tackles for loss, 25 sacks, five forced fumbles, 11 pass breakups and eight interceptions and was twice named a third-team All-American in a 3-4 defense.
Obviously, the Patriots utilize a 4-3 as well, but if anybody can make the most of Van Noy’s unique abilities, it’s Bill Belichick. No doubt, the head coach already had some niche or role in mind when he made the deal.