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NFL Prospect and USD standout Tyler Starr on Preparing for NFL Draft

University of South Dakota linebacker Tyler Starr joined Jeff Thurn on Thursday’s edition of Overtime to discuss preparing for the NFL Draft.

The former USD standout and Little Rock, Iowa native played in 12 of 13 games last season. He registered 71 total tackles (15 for a loss), nine sacks, four pass defenses, an interception and four forced fumbles. He participated in the East-West Shrine Game, and the NFL Scouting Combine. Starr is 6’4″, and 250 pounds.

Starr talks about how excited he is about the next few days as he waits to get drafted: 

“Man, it just feels like forever since I played my last game in Vermillion. I mean, the process is so long and it’s finally here. It’s like a real feeling, and wow, that six months or how ever many months felt like five years.”

Thurn asks Starr is any teams have reached out to him or his agent? 

“I know there’s a lot of interest out there for me. At the end of the day, it’s a business and being from a small school, depending on what you know, probably from the late rounds, or mid-late rounds. So, we really don’t know. Like I said, it’s a guessing game.”

Starr reflects on why he was at USD, and some of the questions that have come along in the draft process:

“They asked me how I ended up there (USD). Obviously, coming from a small high school, I didn’t have the exposure that I thought we needed for trying to get an opportunity to play at a big school. But I really didn’t have the grades, I didn’t take high school as seriously as I should have, and it set me back. I had to start from the bottom and ended up landing a scholarship at the University of South Dakota. It’s close to home, and school was paid for. So, that’s kind of how it ended up.”

Starr on the life of an NFL Draft prospect:

“Man, just trying to consistently better myself every day. It’s so weird because you work out every day, six days a week, and you are grinding, grinding, and grinding. Your body is almost at the point where you are overworking yourself, but you have a mental block inside your head saying, ‘You’re not working hard enough, you need to do more, and the competition is outworking you.’ It’s hard to get over fact your body needs rest, it needs to recover, and that balance needs to be there.”

To listen to more of Starr’s interview with Thurn, listen below:

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Tyler Starr
University of South Dakota

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