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Tabbed right after the draft, 2015 Lion will go from defense to tight end

   LYNDEN — Bryce Sterk, 2015 Lynden High School graduate, is going to get his shot in the NFL.

  Sterk went undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft last week. However, not long after the draft ended, the Miami Dolphins reached out to him with a contract offer. 

  Sterk broke the news on Twitter Saturday night,  saying he would also be making a change to tight end on the offensive side of the ball after playing defensive end at Montana State. 

  “It was probably like a minute after [the draft. It was really soon,” Sterk said. “They called my agent and then he called me and said, ‘Hey, these other teams backed out. They drafted guys and picked up other guys in free agency. The Dolphins have extended an offer.’”

  Some mock drafts had projected Sterk as a late-round pick, but he went undrafted through the seven rounds of the talent pool. 

  Sterk led the Big Sky Conference with 17 tackles for loss as an MSU junior in 2018 and was second in sacks with 8.5. He improved his numbers as a senior to 65 tackes, 20 of those for a loss, and 15 sacks. 

  The Dolphins were one of a few teams interested in Sterk heading into the draft. He said the team had contacted him a couple of weeks ago to say if things didn’t work out with other teams they had a spot for him. 

  Making the change to the other side of the ball will be different and take some getting used to, but Sterk said he’s up for the challenge.

  “I’m a little nervous because it’s another playbook, technique and all sorts of stuff, but they know that as well,” he said. “I’m confident I’ll be able to learn and play that position.”

  Sterk won’t actually be able to get down to the Dolphins’ facility for a few months because of COVID-19 impacts, but the team has organized things to be done virtually. 

  “Training camps and OTAs are canceled throughout the summer, as far as I know,” he said. “Everything they’re doing right now is virtual and going to be on computers. That might change as things start opening up, but that’s what I’ve been told.”

  Sterk said making it to the NFL hasn’t really settled into his mind yet because he hasn’t played any football yet, but he knows it’s still amazing. 

  “I got really excited when I heard ‘Congratulations, you’re a Dolphin,’” he said. “That was pretty cool.”