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Colt Lyerla | Tight End

Team: Oregon Ducks
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 246

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Former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla said he was promised "a house, a car, all these things" by a Ducks' booster.
Per SB Nation's profile: "Lyerla declines publicly to identify the man, a powerful University of Oregon booster known to the family. The adviser made the benefits of that decision clear. If Lyerla went to Oregon, 'I was promised a house, a car, all these things.'" The story went on to say that Lyerla was pressured by his mother to attend the school. "[She] leaned on her son to sign with the Ducks, a change Lyerla believes was made with the best intentions, but inspired by her precarious living situation." According to SB Nation, Lyerla received none of the benefits he was promised. "I felt played," Lyerla said. Whether the story is true or not, Lyerla, a five-star recruit who didn't pan out and left school early due to off-field issues, is far from a reputable source. Oregon doesn't figure to face sanctions over his allegations. Sep 3 - 5:33 PM
Source: SB Nation

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Anonymous NFL scouts shredded former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla, a Packers' UDFA signing, prior to the draft.

"Wouldn't touch him. He's off our board," one scout said. Another commented: "Just a real nightmare [off-the-field]. Is he going to be the Aaron Hernandez kind of player, a first-round talent that somebody gets in the fourth round? Colt quit. Aaron played. It's hard to justify all the quitting." The Packers signed Lyerla on Monday, so they clearly don't employ the scout that said: "I wouldn't sign him. I wouldn't do that to my owner." A fourth scout said: "Kid's a mess. He is probably one of the worst kids in this draft. He screwed up everything. Drugs. Quitting. You name it, it's happened. I would never trust him. I couldn't imagine anybody taking him with those credentials. No way." Coach Mike McCarthy has his work cut out for him, though Lyerla has All-Pro talent if Green Bay can get his head screwed on straight.
May 21 - 10:17 PM

Packers signed Oregon TE Colt Lyerla.

Lyerla (6-foot-3 3/8, 242) was a five-star recruit who never panned out at Oregon due to off-field issues, most of which can be read via a quick Google search. His most recent arrest occurred last October for cocaine possession, to which he pled guilty. Lyerla finished his college career with 34 catches for 565 yards (16.6 YPR) and 11 touchdowns, quitting the team after four games last fall. He ran 4.61 at the Combine with a 39-inch vertical and 10-foot-8 broad jump. Lyerla theoretically offers Aaron Hernandezian "move" tight end tools, but could just as easily be out of the NFL in a few years. He's a classic boom-or-bust prospect.
May 19 - 7:22 PM

Former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla is a "prototypical F-tight end prospect" on tape, according to Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench.

An F-tight end is a term used for smaller, faster tight ends best suited as receivers; Denver's Julius Thomas and Miami's Charles Clay are two examples in the pros. Muench likes Lyerla's ball skills, but believes he needs to improve his route running. In a column comparing two draft-eligible TEs with off-the-field problems -- Lyerla (who was arrested for cocaine possession last season) and Tennessee State’s A.C. Leonard -- Muench threw out Seattle, Green Bay and Atlanta as three organizations that might take a Day 3 chance on either because they "have the stability and leadership to help players with red flags overcome past mistakes and realize their potential."
Mar 16 - 2:04 PM

Former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla was forced to work out at Portland State's pro day.

Per Gil Brandt, he was not welcome on Oregon's campus, which makes sense given the way Lyerla left the team. "Good player, lots of problems. Could go undrafted," Brandt added. From the outside looking in, Lyerla would fit perfectly with Chip Kelly in Philadelphia, but we do not know the details of their relationship.
Mar 13 - 1:26 PM

After analyzing Oregon TE Colt Lyerla's media interviews at the Combine, CBS Sports' Rob Rang is not convinced Lyerla won't get into trouble again.

"I listened to every question and evaluated his verbal and non-verbal responses. I wish I could say that I am convinced Lyerla won't get into trouble again but I can't," Rang wrote. While Lyerla comes with his share of off-field issues, he does bring a ton of athleticism and speed (official 4.61 forty) to the table. At 6-foot-3 3/8 and 242 pounds, Lyerla brings the size that teams are looking for as well. At this point no one doubts Lyerla's talent level, but he'll have to show teams he's dedicated and mature enough to get drafted.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 8 - 4:21 PM

Oregon TE Colt Lyerla ran an official 4.61 second 40-yard dash at the NFL's combine.

His unofficial times were even more impressive, as the former Duck logged 4.47 and 4.59. Lyerla's elite athleticism was on full display during a 36.5-inch vertical jump. He also has impressive 10-inch hands on a 6-foot-3 3/8 and 242 pound frame. Lyerla has second-round talent but enough baggage to star in the sequel to "Up in the Air." It's a coin flip as to whether he'll be picked.
Feb 22 - 6:37 PM

Oregon TE Colt Lyerla "deeply regrets" leaving school early and said "it's something I'll have to live with."

Lyerla declined to discuss why he chose to leave school when he did. He dropped out in early October, signed with an agent, and pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cocaine in late December. The former Duck is a talented prospect -- perhaps a Top-50 player without the baggage -- but we would be surprised if he is drafted.
Feb 20 - 4:48 PM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert is worried that the 2014 draft class might be the most immature group he has seen.

Colbert started by saying it is the deepest class he has evaluated, but his next comment might be more important. Colbert went on to suggest the team might focus on selecting experienced players. We are not sure if the immature label refers to prospects' physically, mentally, or personality-wise, but likely a combination of both.
Feb 20 - 3:21 PM

Former Oregon junior TE Colt Lyerla is a second-round talent whose "past history could easily knock him down several rounds and off many draft boards," writes NFL Media draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki.

"Overly emotional and prone to outbursts following a dysfunctional childhood that offered little direction and much confusion related to a divorce," wrote Nawrocki. "Not a disciplined team player. Has overcome a lot of adversity stemming back to his youth and defied the odds to become an impactful performer." Lyerla pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cocaine in late December. The former Duck is a talented prospect -- we believe he is a Top-50 talent without the baggage -- but we would be mildly surprised if he is drafted. That scenario would probably be preferable to Lyerla's camp as opposed to being selected in the 7th round, as he could choose his own destiny.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 7:15 PM

Former Oregon junior TE Colt Lyerla pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cocaine on Friday.

Lyerla was then sentenced to 24 months of probation, 10 days in jail and 40 hours of community service, according to the Oregonian. He will attend a treatment program and submit random drug tests. We would be surprised if Lyerla is drafted despite having top-50 talent.
Source: Oregon Live
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 11:33:00 AM

A judge in the state of Oregon has denied Ex-Ducks TE Colt Lyerla's request to relocate for pre-draft training.

Lyerla hoped to relocate to Las Vegas for Combine training, but due to his arrest for snorting cocaine he will not be able to leave the state at this time. The former Duck is a talented prospect, but we would be surprised if he is drafted.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 11:49:00 AM

Former Oregon junior TE Colt Lyerla will seek a judge's permission to leave the state of Oregon and train in Las Vegas during the draft process.

Lyerla "is accused of snorting cocaine in plain view of an undercover police officer in Eugene," the Register Guard writes. A hearing has been set for Thursday, Dec. 17. He has the talent to be an early pick, but we doubt Lyerla is selected in May's draft.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 12:52:00 PM

Former Oregon junior TE Colt Lyerla opted out of a drug treatment program in his third Lane County Drug Court hearing Wednesday morning, according to the Oregonian.

Lyerla is now scheduled to appear in court on December 5. The former Oregon Duck is facing one count of felony possession of cocaine stemming from an arrest that took place only a few weeks after the talented tight end left Oregon's football program. A second charge of interfering with an officer was dropped on condition he enter the program that he has now opted out of.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 04:19:00 PM

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich endorsed former Ducks junior TE Colt Lyerla's on-field talent.

"He is a phenomenal athlete, and hopefully everything gets squared away and he will have another shot. But he is a phenomenal talent," Helfrich said. "Just from a purely athletic, dynamic standpoint, he is at the top of those charts." Lyerla recently left the program and was arrested for cocaine possession just a few weeks later.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 11:17:00 AM