Steal of the Draft: Colt Lyerla

Lets take a look at a hidden gem and player off most teams draft boards. After Jerry Reese's pre-draft press conference, Giants fans and reporters were left with the notion that the Giants may be willing to take a chance on some high risk, high reward players. When asked about the teams risk tolerance on players later in the draft, Jerry had this to say. "You feel like you can take a risk on some guys, some talented players with some risk in the latter part of the draft. You try to limit the risk with the first part of your draft." With that in mind, lets take a look at a mid to late round option the Giants may be considering.

Colt Lyerla (TE)- University of Oregon

Physically: At 6'4" and 244 lbs, Colt has the built of a hybrid tight end many teams now consider essential. His 40 yard dash in this years combine put him at third in his position group (4.61), only behind the popular Ebron (4.60) and A.C Leonard (4.50) out of Tennessee State. Colts vertical jump also impressed scouts, as he led this years tight end class with a jump of (39.0), 4" higher then the next tight end. The physical traits are front and center. Lyerla's physical dominance allows him to drag would-be tacklers while fighting for every yard. As a blocker, Colt has room for improvement, but engages in blocks and doesn't stop until the whistle is blown.

Production: Lyerla's college statistics don't reveal eye popping numbers. As a true freshman at Oregon in 2011, Colt did not get a start, but saw his burn in 12 games. By the end of the 2012 season, Colt would lead the Pac-12 in yards per catch (15.7), while receiving an All Pac 12 Honerable Mention. An impressive 6 touchdowns and 392 yards, on only 25 receptions gave scouts something to work with. After only 3 starts in 2013, Colt left the team due to "personal reasons."

Red Flags: Here's where things get tricky. After leaving a rough environment back at home, Colt just couldn't stay out of trouble once at Oregon. It began during his sophomore season, when he failed to travel with the team for a game at Colorado. He left the team soon after on Oct. 6th due to "personal reasons." The red bricked road (red flagged road) seemed like Lyerla's path from there on out. On Oct. 23 of that same year, Colt was seen by police "snorting what appeared to be a white powdery substance." Colt soon pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to 24 months of probation, 10 days in jail and 40 hours of community service. Not to mention his controversial tweets on the Sandy Hook Shootings, Colt hasn't done much to help his draft stock. A real shame for a kid with so much potential. If the Giants believe in his worth in the NFL, who knows if they take a chance on him as the draft rolls on.

Final Thoughts: Watching this guy play, there's so much to love. The leaping ability to catch high balls in tight windows. The physicality to truck through linebackers and defensive backs is also present. Questions surrounding his off the field issues is the reason he's now considered a mid-round pick instead of a possible day one, early second day selection.


Colt Lyerla Ultimate Highlights 1080p (via Lup Da Lup)

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