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University of South Dakota Linebacker Tyler Starr Drafted in 7th Round to Atlanta

VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota linebacker Tyler Starr was drafted in the seventh round by the Atlanta Falcons Saturday on day three of the NFL Draft.

Starr becomes the second Coyote drafted in the last three years. Offensive lineman Tom Compton was taken in the sixth round by the Washington Redskins during the 2012 draft. Starr is the 13th Coyote to be drafted into the NFL (full list below).

“This is an unreal feeling,” said Starr, who spent the day in his hometown of Little Rock, Iowa, with his family. “We waited all day long for this to happen, and when it did we were overwhelmed. My son, Hunter, turns three tomorrow and it was great to celebrate this day with him. I fly to Atlanta soon and I can’t wait to get started.”

Starr was pick No. 255 overall and the ninth player drafted by the Falcons (full list of 2014 Atlanta draft picks below).

Starr (Little Rock, Iowa/George-Little Rock HS) was the Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year this past season. He went on to finish ninth in the voting for National Defensive Player of the Year and appeared on numerous All-America teams.

Starr led the MVFC in sacks (9.0), tackles for loss (15.0) and forced fumbles (4) this past season. He finished second on the team in tackles with 71. He also had an interception and was credited with four pass breakups. During his three seasons in Vermillion, Starr accumulated 196 tackles, including a program record 27 sacks and 13 forced fumbles.

Atlanta Falcons 2014 Picks
Rd        Pk (Ovr)    Name                        Pos       Team
1          6 (6)         Jake Matthews          OT        Texas A&M
2          5 (37)       Ra’Shede Hageman   DT        Minnesota
3          4 (68)       Dez Southward          S          Wisconsin
4          3 (103)      Devonta Freeman      RB        Florida State
4          39 (139)    Prince Shembo           OLB      Notre Dame
5          7 (147)      Ricardo Allen             CB        Purdue
5          28 (188)    Marquis Spruill           OLB      Syracuse
7          38 (253)    Yawin Smallwood       ILB       Connecticut
7          40 (255)    Tyler Starr                 OLB      South Dakota

South Dakota All-Time NFL Draft Selections
Year     Round    Sel#      Player                  Pos.      Team
1954     14          –           Ordell Braase       DL        Baltimore Colts
1970     3            63          John Kohler         OL        Denver Broncos
1972     9            213        Gene Macken       OT        St. Louis Cardinals
1974     7            172        Leroy Hegge        –          Kansas City Chiefs
1974     10          258        Johnny Vann       –          Washington Redskins
1979     12          318        Bill Moats             DB        Green Bay Packers
1980     10          272        Ben Long             LB        Miami Dolphins
1982     10          258        Craig Austin         LB        Seattle Seahawks
1986     9            232        Mike Slaton         DB        Minnesota Vikings
1986     11          300        Chul Schwanke    RB        Los Angeles Rams
1990     10          252        Dave Elle             TE        Phoenix Cardinals
2012     6            193        Tom Compton      OL        Washington Redskins
2014     7            255        Tyler Starr           LB        Atlanta Falcons

Courtesy: Bryan Boettcher, USD

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