One of the more intriguing players to watch at the NFL Scouting Combine today was former Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla who left the program because of personal reasons had a chance to impress teams and address his past which includes a cocaine arrest.
With so many red flags that would make it easy for Lyerla to go undrafted at May’s draft, you would think he would be training for months to put himself in position to be drafted as high as possible, but that was not the case.
For having 1 week to train, I’m not mad at the numbers… Room for improvement.
— (@LongLiveLyerla) February 22, 2014
Most draft hopefuls being extensive training for the combine in the days after their season ends and their semester of school is over, but that apparently was not the case for Lyerla who had his request to train in Las Vegas as he awaited trial on the drug charge.
“I put myself in a position where my back’s against the wall, to the point that if I don’t do everything perfect and the right way, I won’t be able to play football, let alone be successful in any shape or form,” he said.
Lyerla ran a 4.47 unofficial 40 but it later became a 4.6 “official” time, but when the NFL Network showed him running along with the other fastest times at the combine, Lyerla came out in the lead, so he did run very well and at least physically impressed NFL teams.
If he aces his interviews as well as his 40 today, then he should have successfully rehabbed his image enough to be worthy of a Day 3 selection.
Just think if he had been training as long the other prospects at the combine.