Tyler Starr: Atlanta Falcons ‘Steal of the 2014 NFL Draft’
Tyler Starr has only been a member of the Atlanta Falcons for three weeks and already he’s on the receiving end of some pretty high praise.
Reporter Scott Carasik of BleacherReport.com says the former South Dakota linebacker and Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year will be:
…the most impactful defensive player from the Falcons’ 2014 draft class.
He’s got the best combination of size, speed, power and motor of all of the pass-rushing edge players on the roster.
Carasik isn’t basing that prediction solely on Starr’s performance at this month’s rookie mini-camp, he’s using good, old fashioned numbers to back up his claim. He points to a grading system created a contributor to the Footballs Future blog that ranks draft picks on two numbers – shuttle time – (2 times 10 yd split) – (1.60 – 10 yd split), and three-cone time – to come up with what’s called a ‘Twitch’ score.
According to the rankings, the best players have Twitch of under 1.10 and a three-cone time under seven seconds. Starr is in both groups.
The one area of concern for Starr at the pro level is the same one he dealt with at the collegiate level – size.
The Little Rock, Iowa native is listed at six-foot five-inches and 250 pounds, a bit undersized by NFL standards. He will no doubt be adding muscle mass before making his pro debut later this summer.
The big question will be how much, if any, his additional bulk slows him down.
One thing is certain, Starr, the Falcons’ 7th round pick (255th overall), will benefit from great coaching with the Falcons.
Longtime coach Mike Nolan is the defensive coordinator and three-time Pro Bowler Bryan Cox is the defensive line coach, and Starr will play both on the line and from the traditional linebacker position depending on the defensive formation.