Starks was not expecting a first round selection. He figured he was a 2nd rounder the whole time. The only people that had him ranked high were the internet draft Einsteins.
This is the second straight year Maryland has lost a potential senior All-American to the pros. Randy Starks was a 2004 third-round selection by the Tennessee Titans.
Maryland staffers pressed Starks to remain, fearing correctly he wouldn't match his expectations of getting chosen in the second round.