Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
6'4", 242 lbs
40-YD Dash: 4.61
Vertical Jump: 39" (highest among tight ends)
2012: 6 TD, 392 YDS, 25 REC, 15.7 AVG
2011: 5 TD, 147 YDS, 7 REC, 21.0 AVG
2012: Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention
Last year, Colt Lyerla was considered one of the top tight ends in college football. That all changed when Lyerla was arrested for cocaine possession and kicked off Oregon's football team. He has many off-field issues which will lower his draft stock.
But, Lyerla is one of the most athletic players in the entire 2014 NFL Draft. At the NFL Scouting Combine, he ran a 4.61 40-yard dash (3rd best for tight ends) and had a 39" Vertical Jump (highest by 4 inches). Lyerla also tied for first in the broad jump with an incredible 10'8". He is 6'4", 246 lbs and runs like a deer. Lyerla has soft hands and uses his long arms to snatch balls. In space, he is tough to tackle because he is so fast, yet so big. On the line, Lyerla is a strong blocker who uses his hands well allowing him to be a dual-tight end. On the field, Lyerla is a second round talent.
The biggest weakness that Colt Lyerla has is not on the field, it is off the field. He is overly emotional and is prone to outbursts. His character is not great and needs big improvement. He is not a disciplined team player.
Lyerla is a high-risk, high-reward prospect. But in the 7th round where most picks do not start, he is worth the selection. If Lyerla can stay out of trouble, has a chance to become not just a starter in the NFL, but a Pro Bowler. Lyerla has proven he has the physical goods, now he needs to prove he has the mental goods.
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