NFL Draft Profile: Oregon TE Colt Lyerla

NFL Draft Profile: Oregon TE Colt Lyerla
April 2, 2014, 9:30 am
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Colt Lyerla (TE), Oregon

6’4” | 242 lbs.

2013 stats:

2 REC, 26 YDS

Projection:

6th/7th Round

What scouts are saying:

"A physically talented receiving tight end, Lyerla was overshadowed by the play of emerging freshman Johnny Mundt and litany of issues (suspensions, drugs, academics). Has overcome a lot of adversity stemming back to his youth and defied the odds to become an impactful performer. Talent grades could garner interest in the second round, but past history could easily knock him down several rounds and off many draft boards. Would benefit tremendously from a coach willing to serve as a strong father figure." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)

"COMPARES TO: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots - Like "Gronk," Lyerla comes with plenty of red-flags that will cause some to completely drop him from their boards. For Gronkowski, the issue was a spinal condition. Lyerla's inability to stay out of trouble could be viewed as even more troubling for NFL teams. No one doubts Lyerla's talent, however. With dedication to his craft, Lyerla is a Pro Bowl tight end. Without it, he could wind up out of the league very quickly." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)

"Lyerla has the athletic ability for the next level to be used as an H-back and play some fullback. He could continue to run the ball in short-yardage situations. Lyerla has amazingly quick feet to cut and move as a ball-carrier. Offensive coordinators should have fun using him in a variety of ways and catching defenses by surprise. Lyerla could be a tight end who is similar to former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was called a swiss army knife because of his dangerous versatility." (WalterFootball.com)

"Lyerla seems right for a team in need of playmakers at tight end – until you start to read about him. That's when you realize why his name is absent from many of the mock drafts or prospect rankings that flood the Internet." (Nick Underhill, masslive.com)

Fit for Bears:

The Bears ponied up big cash for tight end Martellus Bennett during the 2013 offseason, and the ex-Giant/Cowboy gave Chicago a huge return on their investment with career highs in yards, receptions and touchdowns. But outside of Bennett, the Bears depth chart at tight end is filled with a whole lot of question marks. The club released/re-signed Dante Rosario about a bazillion times in the last four months, and project Fendi Onobun has had a history of the drops. Lyerla has all the talent in the world to be a playmaking tight end in the pros, but character and off-the-field issues plagued him at Oregon. If Lyerla were to slip to the end of Day 3, his talent shouldn't be ignored by a team in need of a backup tight end. And partnering up with his former Ducks teammate Kyle Long in Chicago could help Lyerla stay focused and be the ideal fit at the next level.

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