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Tyler Starr drafted by Falcons in 7th round

LITTLE ROCK, Iowa (KTIV) - It took three days and 255 picks, but South Dakota linebacker Tyler Starr finally heard his named called in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Atlanta chose Starr as their final selection, and second to last in the 7th and final round.  He is the 13th player in South Dakota football history to be drafted.

"Yeah, I was getting worried," Starr said Saturday night.  "But, at the end of the day I knew I just needed an opportunity and it all worked out at the end of the day."

Starr burst onto the scene as a sophomore recording 14 sacks for the Coyotes, however injuries throughout his junior year saw his production decrease by more than half.

Healthy, in his final year the Little Rock, Iowa, native returned to his dominating self, recording 71 total tackles and nine sacks.  Starr then became the first South Dakota football player to earn Missouri Valley Defensive Player of the Year honors.

"It's overwhelming. It's such an honor to be recognized and to have this opportunity."

Starr leaves for Atlanta on Sunday.

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