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Tyler Starr, OLB

School: South Dakota  |  Conference: GATE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Little Rock, IA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 250 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.942.771.7224 329'8"4.156.64

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Player Overview

Starr signed with South Dakota amid little fanfare as a developmental prospect from a small town in Iowa. After redshirting in 2009, he caught the attention of coaches but did so as the Scout Team MVP not as a starter.

Starr shined a year later, exploding onto the scene in 2011 with an eye-popping 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles. Though his production behind the line of scrimmage dropped dramatically in 2012 (four sacks), Starr was named USD's Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the FCS' elite defender.

He earned the same recognition as a senior, recording 71 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, nine sacks and four forced fumbles.

After starring for three years at the FCS level, Starr helped ease concerns about his level of competition by turning heads at the East-West Shrine Game. The aptly-named, highly instinctive and surprisingly athletic Starr enters "draft season" as one of the more intriguing developmental prospects in the country.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Broad-shouldered, long-limbed athlete with room for additional muscle mass, especially in his lower body. Locates the football quickly, efficiently closing due to very good quickness and a long gait that eats up yardage. Served as moveable chess piece at the FCS level, lining up as a defensive end, stand-up outside linebacker and even cornerback, on occasion. Effective pass rusher due to his speed. Can cross the face of the offensive tackle, showing at least adequate flexibility and good core strength to slip under their reach. Physical tackler. Very good special teams potential due to his speed, vision to locate the ball.

WEAKNESSES: Possesses a bit of a "beach body" with his core and arms appearing much more developed than his lower half. Relatively narrow hips and thin legs. Was able to dominate lower-level competition due to his instincts and athleticism, but may not possess the power to handle the jump to NFL physicality immediately. Comes off the ball high and loses leverage, too often getting driven back in short-yardage situations.

COMPARES TO: A.J. Edds (free agent) - The Miami Dolphins selected Edds in the fourth round of the 2010 draft in large part due to his intriguing combination of length and overall athleticism. Unfortunately, injuries robbed him of his effectiveness. Starr is a legitimate NFL athlete who also possesses exciting traits worthy of middle round consideration and development.

--Rob Rang (2/12/14)

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Falcon's picks: Round 7/255 - Tyler Starr, LB, 6-4, 250, South Dakota...He was the Missouri Valley Conference defensive player of the year. He started 11 of 12 games and had 71 tackles and forced four fumbles. He was ejected for targeting against Missouri State and had to sit out the first half against Indiana State. - The Sports Xchange


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