Former University of Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla's athleticism has impressed many scouts at the 2014 NFL Combine. Lyerla ran the 2nd fastest 40-YD Dash of any Tight End with an impressive 4.47 unofficial time and a 4.61 official time. Then, Lyerla posted a 36" + Vertical Jump (highest among all Tight Ends).
Lyerla is proving to be the most physically gifted Tight End in the NFL Draft. Matt Miller thinks he is a 2nd round talent:
Lyerla is a 2nd round talent, but we'll see how teams view his off-field issues. Tough guy to predict his draft range.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 22, 2014
But, Lyerla also comes with a wide variety of off-field issues leading to his leaving Oregon's football team last year. Shortly afterward, he was convicted of cocaine possession. These off-field concerns might drop Lyerla's stock to the 7th round because he is such a risky pick.
If Lyerla falls that far, it could be a wise decision by the Raiders to take a chance on him. They took a chance on troubled defensive tackle, Stacy McGee in the sixth round of the 2013 draft so it is certainly possible. Most 7th round picks struggle to even make the team and Lyerla has the potential not just to be a starter, but to be a star. Lyerla has proven he has physical goods, now he needs to prove he has mental goods.