The long and winding road that has been 2013 for former Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla took another unfortunate turn this evening as the embattled star was arrested by a narcotics team for unlawful possession of cocaine and interfering with a police officer. In the wake of his recent departure from the team, this is not the kind of news anyone had hoped to see.
Still, not too long after he left the school, it was reported that he would indeed be testing the NFL Draft waters this upcoming April, as he’s eligible to do so. With tonight’s news, those prospects will probably take a hit.
But, just how hard of a hit will they take?
According to Andrew Greif of The Oregonian, one NFL talent evaluator–speaking on the condition of required anonymity–echoed the sentiment that his stock will now drop severely, however his chances of being on an NFL roster aren’t completely hopeless:
“He will get a chance but it might not be till he proves he’s on the right track. … It’s pretty scary but someone will”
Mainly, the part to pay attention to in all of that is that he gets back on the right track. Before anyone starts to seriously consider his chances of being a successful NFL player, they need to make sure that he’s first committed to succeeding in life.