Posted: 7:06 pm Saturday, May 10th, 2014

2014 NFL Draft: Falcons select linebacker Tyler Starr 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

South Dakota LB Tyler Starr (Michael Conroy/AP)

South Dakota LB Tyler Starr (Michael Conroy/AP)

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons selected South Dakota linebacker Tyler Starr in the seventh-round (255 overall) of the draft on Saturday.

Starr, 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, was the Missouri Valley Conference defensive player of the year.

He started 11 of 12 games and had 71 tackles and forced four fumbles. He was ejected for targeting against Missouri State and had to set out the first half against Indiana State.

FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

--A look at Missouri DE Kony Ealy

–A look at Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro

–A look at Alabama S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

–A look at Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman

–A look at Boston College QB Chase Rettig

–A look at Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas

–A look at Central Florida RB Storm Johnson

–A look at USC TE Xavier Grimble

–A look at Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort

–A look at Louisville S Calvin Prior

–A look at Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier

–A look at Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde

–A look at UCLA LB Anthony Barr

–A look at Florida State C Bryan Stork

–A look at South Carolina QB Connor Shaw

–A look at Florida TE/WR Trey Burton

–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday

–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday

–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep. 

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

 

17 comments
DJlaysitup
DJlaysitup

...and with an un-announced pick the Falcons select Haywood Gump...a 6-foot safety from Clodsboro State.  Hay is a real fast guy who ran the 40 in 4.49.  He has never played football before but GM Dimitroff had him on the "board" as an up-and-comer.

"I just wish I had one more pick said Dimitroff....there is a cornerback from Alaska Union who really closes on the ball...not real fast...but you should have seen him against Anchorage"

Falcons63
Falcons63

The team desperately needed LBer's.  By the end of last season the were relying on 2 rookie undrafted FA's to start.  IF that doesn't indicate a reason to draft LB'ers then I don't know what would.  The signed 2 Dlineman in FA and added another in the draft. Ideally they would have added an edge rusher, but after Mack the draft was very thin in that area. 

Oline the 3 biggest issues were LT and RG and to a lesser degree RT.  Holmes wasn't horrible at RT.  When Baker got hurt he was thrown to the wolves at LT. IF Baker is healthy, he is the LT for at least 1 more season.  The cap hit you would take dictates that.  They signed the guard from KC to play RG.  Matthews is an instant starter at RT.  If Baker is hurt then he slides to LT and Holmes and Carami battle for the RT spot.  Hawley and Konz will fight it out for Center.  I think right or wrong the addition of Mike Tice as oline coach will have an impact on Holmes and Konz.  Everyone should remember 2009.  The 2008 oline couldn't run or pass block.  2009 brought a new line coach, a rookie QB,  Michael Turner and a rookie LT named Sam Baker.  Suddenly,  McClure, Dahl, Blaylock and Claybo could block.  I think the oline will be greatly improved if they can stay healthy.  I don't know if enough was done to address the pass rush.  You have to hope someone from the group of 2nd year DE's or Massaqoui  has a big season.  Just my opinion.......

anothercomment
anothercomment

At least they drafted a couple of nice looking guys to look at with the first and last picks.

SlimDem
SlimDem

Yet another draft pissed away. If the Falcons don't make the SB this year, Smith and Dimitroff need to go.

SlimDem
SlimDem

So with 4 linebackers drafted, which current LBs are going to be cut? And why? Why were they ever acquired if we are now going to get rid of them?


I dare DLed or some reporter to ask them these questions?


Why weren't there more OLs drafted to provide protection for the QB? There were plenty of Gs, Cs, and OTs available. Why didn't the Falcons go after some of these? Are they going to solely rely on Matthews?

SlimDem
SlimDem

Okay, with all the complaints about the lack of offensive protection for Matty Ice, why was there so much emphasis on defense in the draft? Four LBs, a S, and a CB, with only 1 offensive lineman and one running back drafted? Am I missing something? There were numerous guards, centers and tackles available thru out the draft that the Falcons let slip by (there were four OLs from Tenn alone). 


Who the hell does the analysis of team needs? Do they ever talk to the scouts? Who ever coordinates these folks?

stingemyall
stingemyall

Thought after the 2 first round picks Falcons were going to go heavy  on the OL and DL. Didn't realize we were short handed at the LB position. How many did we draft 4/5? Geez I expected better from our draft personnel.

DJlaysitup
DJlaysitup

MVC is a pretty good 2nd level conference...the best  players from there can often compete very well.  Even as a team, the top of the MVC can compete against the bottom of the Big 10/1/12 - whatever.

zuzu331
zuzu331

One inch shorter and fifteen pounds lighter than Clowney and put up 225 3 more times,of course Clowney just didnt FEEL like benching at the time,Ha Ha. Ran the 40 2/10 of a second slower than Clowney. Ejected and sat out for being TOO hardcore...lovin' it,lovin' it!

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

If not the roster maybe the practice squad, good luck.

zuzu331
zuzu331

@DJlaysitup  Heres some players for you:Jessie Tuggle,Valdosta State,undrafted free agent. Kurt Warner,Northern Iowa,undrafted free agent. Shannon Sharpe,Savannah State,drafted 7th round. Zach Thomas,Texas Tech,drafted 5th round. Marques Colston,Hofstra,drafted 7th round. Tony Romo,Eastern Ilinois,undrafted. The fun of the draft is that rare diamond in the rough. Its all a crapshoot.

DJlaysitup
DJlaysitup

@Falcons63 All this B.S. about Matthews instantly being LT Quality bothers me....he is a rookie.  He can likely hold his own at RT in the pros - if we are lucky.

Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

@WolfWithanE  looks kind of like Clay Matthews. Hope he makes the roster.

oldcrackerfan
oldcrackerfan

@zuzu331  

I'm so fed up with these negative blog responses that I've almost stopped reading them.  I pity people who never have anything good to say.  They're either bitter people, or else they have an exaggerated sense of their own intelligence.  And maybe the worst of it is that they think they're funny.

My mother taught me to keep my mouth shut when I didn't have something constructive to say--not necessarily positive, but at least constructive.  I'll honor her today by remembering that.  I have no idea how this draft class will turn out, and neither does anybody else.  Not the Falcons brass, not any of the fans.  So I'll just wait and hope.  But I'm about through with these blogs.  Who needs the negativity from people who are convinced they know more than the pros? 

zuzu331
zuzu331

@oldcrackerfan @zuzu331  You got me there. History is what it is and no amount of angry,pissy little comments from these people on here will change the fact that no names from nowhere can do great GREAT things.