A sentiment first mentioned by Tony Pauline of draftinsiders.net and later echoed by Jeff Risdon from bleacherreport, could now former Oregon tight end go undrafted and have a difficult time making it in the NFL? Here is what started this and what has been said.
Tony Pauline @TonyPauline
League sources tell me they believe Colt Lyerla/TE/Oregon “won’t be drafted and will struggle to make it in the NFL”…
Jeff Risdon @JeffRisdon
I’ve got a piece coming soon on him, did a lot of digging w/ Oregon folks. I think @TonyPauline may be right.
There have been plenty of analysts who have discussed the possibility of Lyerla going to the NFL and being a first round pick entering the season and a few weeks into it. Then, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich suspended Lyerla from their game against Colorado for a violation of team rules. Shortly after that, Lyerla had been reported to have left the Oregon program and was no longer part of the football team, but the reasons were not immediately clear. They are still unclear, but the lack of games being played and potential tape being available was going to have some kind of an impact.
What Pauline and Risdon are alluding to suggests there is far more going on and there could be some real issues regarding Lyerla making it into the NFL. The process still has to play out and there will be opportunities for Lyerla to change the minds of critics and prove people wrong, but the last few weeks have not been good for the talented tight end.