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The Mid-Late Round Steals: Tyler Starr - OLB - South Dakota


After the feedback I got on the "Looking Ahead" series, I decided I'd provide some deeper looks at a few of the players I talked about that many of you might not know.

Tyler Starr - OLB - South Dakota: 6th Rd

CBS currently rates Starr as a 7th rd pick. I expect his stock to rise over the course of the evaluation period. Starr's stock is currently held back by two things. First, he comes from an FCS school, which has never helped anyone's draft stock. Second, he started his college career very immaturely, red-shirting in 2009 and missed all of 2010, both because of academic reasons. However, all reports say that he has overcome that and found a direction. On the field, he's a playmaker. Starr has been a productive player for the Coyotes as both a DE and OLB in their 4-3 system. However, he is considered more of a 3-4 OLB prospect, and his agent has been pushing that image of him for NFL teams. He also started his college career as a S before a new coaching staff got a hold of him. That means he has played at all three levels on the defensive side of the ball (lineman, linebacker, and secondary). That kind of experience/versatility is an added bonus in a late round pick. He can rush the passer, play strong against the run, understands pass coverage, and has a knack for forcing fumbles. Over the past three years, he has become one of the most decorated FCS players in history with numerous All-American and All-Conference awards. One of the most impressive things about the numbers he has put up is that a very high percentage of his tackles, TFLs, and sacks have been completely solo. This is the kind of guy who has been doing it all himself on a bad team for years.

I didn't know anything about Starr until I heard Kiper mention him and then saw him in the Shrine Bowl. I decided to go back and watch anything I could find on him. There isn't much out there on him, but what I've seen, I've liked a lot.

Measurables:

Height - 6'4

Weight - 249

40 time - 4.84

Stat Line:

2013

Tackles - 51

TFL - 19

Sacks - 14

FF - 4

INT - 1

Pass Break Ups - 4

2012

Tackles - 74

TFL - 7

Sacks - 4

FF - 2

Pass Break Ups - 2

Blocked Kicks - 1

2011

Tackles - 59

TFL - 15

Sacks - 9

FF - 7

FR - 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7GJvbketPU

He gets ejected for targeting on this play (?), but what I'm focused on is how quickly he gets around the OT. Looks like a screen play, but he still gets to the QB in a hurry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0bA-ptSoeA

Spring practices, but he sheds the blocker with ease on a play going away from him.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1C2742687B004662

For more video looks, you really have to just go through South Dakota game tape and see where he pops up. He's #11, and you'll see him making numerous plays throughout the tape. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like they have the 2013 tape up yet.

Like I said, there isn't a lot of tape on him. But the tape I have seen has been impressive, and he certainly has the resume to back it up. Small school guys like this are tough to scout, and it seems as though most of the country has been pretty much kept in the dark on him until he got a plug from Mel Kiper. I don't have any truly lofty goals on this guy. I'm not predicting him to come in and be a starter right off the bat. But it does appear that he could come in and be a quality depth player and situational pass rusher. And when you're talking about a 6th rd pick, getting a guy like this is definitely worth the gamble.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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