Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Morning links: The next Honey Badger?
By Eric D. Williams
Matt Waldman of Football Outsiders writes that BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy is the linebacker version of Tyrann Mathieu, also known as the “Honey Badger” in this year’s draft because of the instinctive things that he can do on the field.
It’s an interesting comparison, and I think one of the reasons why the San Diego Chargers could potentially target Van Noy as a mid-round or Day 2 selection. Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano likes versatile players like linebacker Reggie Walker that can do different things in his defense, and Van Noy seems to fit this description with his unique skill set.
At 6-3 and 246 pounds, Van Noy is a capable pass rusher, but also can drop back in coverage. He has a great feel for the game, anticipates well and has a nose for the football.
I talked with Mike Costa and Judson Richards of Xtra 1360 AM radio about how the Chargers have done so far in free agency in this audio link.
Chargers linebacker Donald Butler joins Darren Smith of the Mighty 1090 AM radio in this audio link.
Neil Paine of fivethirtyeight.com takes a statistical look at the vicious cycle of selecting a quarterback early in the draft. Teams like Oakland and Cleveland have repeatedly failed at selecting a quarterback early in the draft.
According to the Toronto Sun, the CFL is considering making pass interference subject to video review. I would have to think the NFL would be watching that closely if the rule is enacted.