NFL Draft: BYU's Van Noy headed to Detroit, Timpview's Su'a-Filo to Houston

2014-05-09T18:50:00Z 2014-05-11T16:42:05Z NFL Draft: BYU's Van Noy headed to Detroit, Timpview's Su'a-Filo to HoustonJared Lloyd Daily Herald Daily Herald
May 09, 2014 6:50 pm  • 

One heard his name called first on Friday, another found out he would be joining an old friend.

Not a bad way to kick off the NFL careers for two Utah Valley football stars.

Former BYU star linebacker Kyle Van Noy and former Timpview star lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo were both selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft Friday evening.

Van Noy ended up being the 40th player taken overall, but it will mean a reunion, as the Detroit Lions grabbed the Cougar star.

He will once again be playing alongside ex-BYU phenom Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, who the Lions picked fifth overall in 2013.

"The Lions are starting a BYU pipeline," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said in a statement. "Detroit will not be disappointed. Kyle has matured and grown as a person and as a football player, and I couldn't be more proud of him. He's a fantastic football player. I'm looking forward to following his career in the NFL."

Van Noy posted on his @kvn_03 Twitter account his initial reaction: "Let's gooooo Lions!!!! I bleed Blue!!!! Can't wait... Let's work to get that respect!"

It's interesting to note the the only team (so far) to select BYU players in the draft since 2010 is Detroit. But Lions fans had to be pleased with how Ansah did last year, so why not get Ansah's explosive Cougar teammate?

Ansah also welcomed his former and future teammate with a Tweet from his @Ziggy_Ansah account: "Man I can't stop smiling😄😄😄!!! Welcome to the D @KVN_03. Let's continue what we started. #BYUFootball #OnePride."

On the ESPN broadcast, the commentators discussed how Van Noy was a guy that was ready to start, but also how he said it would be awesome to once again return to be with Ansah.

Van Noy had hundreds of friends, BYU and Detroit teammates and fans of both the Cougars and the Lions congratulating him on the social media site.

Perhaps the most humorous came from BYU linebackers coach Kelly Poppinga, who tweeted from his @pinga4445 account at the Lions coaching staff with some wise words from his days with the pair:

"Words of advice for Lion's coaching staff: make sure @KVN_03 & @Ziggy_Ansah are on opposite sides of the room during (meetings). #ZiggysLaugh."

Su'a-Filo, who played his college ball at UCLA, didn't have to wait long to get his name called as the Houston Texans made him the 33rd selection overall as the first pick on Day 2.

He also posted his reaction on Twitter from his @_XRA1 account: "CRANKIN' MUSIC DOWN TO H-TOWN!!!! #TexansBaby"

He becomes the first UCLA offensive lineman drafted since Jonathan Ogden in 2006.

No other local players ended up being drafted in the second or third rounds, although many hope to get their name called on the final day of the draft.

Today will feature Rounds 4-7, as former Cougars like Cody Hoffman, Daniel Sorensen, Uani 'Unga, Spencer Hadley and Eathyn Manumaleuna, as well as ex-American Fork and Utah star Jake Murphy, will be waiting to see if they will be selected.

The final day will begin at 10 a.m. today and can be seen on ESPN and the NFL Network.

Daily Herald sports editor ​Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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