Packers Sign Former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla
The Green Bay Packers might have gotten one step closer to finding their new starting tight end. After having undrafted Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla in for a tryout, the team reportedly officially signed Lyerla on Monday.
The Packers also drafted a tight end in the 2014 NFL Draft and appear to be high on Brandon Bostick, but couldn’t pass up on the extremely athletic and talented Lyerla.
Lyerla is a classic boom or bust prospect, as he’s had several off the field issues but offers a great combination of size, speed, strength and overall athleticism.
With Jermichael Finley (neck) on the outside looking in, the Packers seem to be slowly moving on at the tight end position. With the signing of Lyerla, they are somewhat closer to an answer, giving themselves several young, talented tight ends to choose from.
No matter who ends up taking Finley’s place as Green Bay’s main tight end, someone is going to benefit from their potent offensive system, as well as playing with an elite quarterback like Aaron Rodgers.
Of all the options now in Green Bay, Lyerla is easily now the most alluring.
While there isn’t a ton of game tape to go off of, Lyerla played enough in 2012 at Oregon to show he had the goods to be a stud in the NFL. A former five star recruit going into college, Lyerla put up 34 receptions for 565 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns with the Ducks, displaying brute strength and agility in the open field, as well as excellent versatility and great overall athleticism.
Lyerla impressed at the 2014 NFL Combine, posting a 4.61 40-time, while also measuring in at just under 6’4” and 242 pounds. Furthering his impressive stats for NFL scouts, Lyerla also posted a 39-inch vertical and a 10-foot-8 broad jump.
Lyerla potentially projects as an Aaron Hernandez-type “move” tight end at the next level, but needs a lot of work when it comes to blocking and also displays inconsistent hands. Ultimately, though, Lyerla has immense upside and couldn’t have found a better NFL home than with the Packers.
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