Players drafted in the seventh round rarely ever make it in the NFL. So Tyler Starr who was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round in 2014 was already behind the eight ball from the get go.
However, with a solid 2014 training camp, Starr made it onto the 53-man roster but didn’t see a single snap for his entire rookie season.
Things didn’t go as planned in 2015. Starr, under a brand new coaching staff was cut and signed to the Falcons’ practice squad before being promoted to the 53-man roster in mid December.
Starr has great measurable’s but just hasn’t quite showed enough to earn his way into a roll with the team. At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Starr has great potential, but the 2-year project might be coming to a close.
Atlanta drafted two linebackers to go with a slew of others that were already on the team, so Starr might wind up being the odd man out unfortunately. His only real hope is to have a role on special teams because the odds of him earning a reserve roll on defense just isn’t very high.
One thing is for sure. Starr is going to need to have a very impressive 2016 training camp if he wants to continue to earn paychecks from the Falcons. With rookie’s Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell locked to the 53-man roster, Starr is already at the bottom of the totem pole once again.
There is at least 6-7 linebackers that are listed above him on the depth chart so he definitely has his work cut out for him.
Having Starr around for the past two years has been fun despite him not playing. He was a feel-good story coming out of college and he is a guy that everyone roots for, but it just isn’t looking very good for him right now. It’s going to take a miracle for him to secure a spot on the final roster.