OB TYLER STARR, SOUTH DAKOTA

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6’5” – 250 lbs. – 4.85e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: DNP (Academics)
2011: 51 – 19.0 – 14.0, 7 FF, 2 FR (DE)
2012: 74 – 7.0 – 4.0, 4 QBH, 2 FF, 2 PD, 1 BK (OB)
2013: 71 – 15.0 – 9.0, 4 FF, 4 PD, 1 INT

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then continued to work on the scout team in 2010 due to academic issues. Started at defensive end in 2011, leading the league in sacks en route to first-team all-conference honors. Played in all eleven games as a junior, starting ten at outside linebacker once the team transitioned to a 3-4. Was named conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after starting eleven of twelve games, leading the conference in sacks once again.

POSITIVES:

•    Started over the past three years, earning first-team all-conference recognition twice.
•    Tall, long-limbed player who also possesses adequate bulk, additional growth potential.
•    Has experience in both defensive fronts: played end in a 4-3 in 2011, linebacker after.
•    Can compensate for his lack of ideal speed to some extent with his decent initial burst.
•    Pretty powerful player, forceful on initial contact, whether versus blockers or tackling.
•    Avoids committing to a course of action too soon, maintains backside contain vs. run.
•    Combination of arm length, active hand use are joined by a few different rush moves.
•    Rebounded from previous academic issues, was named to the MVFC Honor Roll in ’11.

NEGATIVES:

•    Will be forced to adjust to a dramatically-improved level of competition at the next level.
•    Despite weighing 250 pounds, doesn’t anchor very well, looks much stronger downhill.
•    Awareness needs refinement; problems with misdirection, read option, locating ball.
•    Balance can be a problem; when trying to bend the edge, often ends up on the ground.
•    Probably not someone who should be used in coverage very often, certainly not man.
•    Academic issues caused him to miss the 2010 season, admitted to lacking direction.

SUMMARY:

Starr was a productive player over the past three seasons at South Dakota, but will be making a massive leap up in level of competition at the pro level. Fortunately, he possesses impressive height and length which are consistent with pro pass rushers, augmenting those characteristics with adequate bulk, relatively impressive explosion and power, and a high motor. Those factors probably won’t be enough to completely mask his athletic deficiencies, and any bulk added in a pro strength program may make those weaknesses more visible, but teams looking for a tall developmental rusher with the frame to carry more bulk may give him consideration as a late-round candidate or priority free agent assuming his background/character check out.

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