Packers sign ex-Oregon TE Colt Lyerla
The only thing that may rival the physical gifts of former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla is his off-the-field baggage.
Projected as a possible first-round pick in this year's draft a year ago, Lyerla went undrafted due to his character concerns. Not only did he "quit" the Oregon football team in October following a suspension for a game, but he was arrested for cocaine possession in October and had his driver's license suspended as well.
With loads of upside, the Packers signed the undrafted rookie after he tried out with the team at their rookie mini-camp.
Lyerla (6-4, 242) ran an official 4.61 forty at the NFL Scouting Combine and led all tight ends in vertical jump (39 inches) and broad jump (tied with A.C. Leonard, 128 inches).
The low cost and tremendous amount of upside make this a low-risk, high-upside signing for the Packers, who also have a need at tight end. With Jermichael Finley's uncertain future with the team, Lyerla will compete with Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick and fellow rookie Richard Rodgers for targets (provided he makes the team).
If Lyerla gets his head on straight, he has the potential to become a perennial Pro Bowler, especially catching passes from Aaron Rodgers.