September 22, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla (15) runs the ball against the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Colt Lyerla: ‘For having 1 week to train, I’m not mad at the numbers’


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.

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.

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.

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