Photo of Colt Lyerla
5.8 ?
  • 4.61 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 39.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 128.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 242LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands


2013: Played and started three games. Left team and withdrew from school due to personal reasons. 2012: Honorable Mention All-Pac 12. Played in 13 games, started nine. Led Pac-12 tight ends in yards per catch (15.7). 2011: Played 12 games, did not start. High School: No. 4 OLB nationally by All-State in Oregon at running back and Second Team All-State at LB in senior year. All-State at both RB and LB as junior. Broke vertical leap and broad jump record at 2010 National Underclassman combine with 40-inch vertical and 10-10 broad jump. Misc: Arrested on cocaine-possession charges in October 2013 and eventually pleaded guilty. Suspended for one game in 2013 for a violation of team rules, then missed another game because of missing practices due to being ill. Then left the team due to personal reasons.



Good athlete. Fluid route runner. Very good body control. Adjusts easily to the ball. Can create in the open field with very good run skills. Natural hands. Good catching radius. Functional blocker with enough playing strength to sustain. Highly competitive and determined to prove critics wrong. Is smart and hardworking.


Lacks ideal bulk strength to block in-line. Overly emotional and prone to outbursts following a dysfunctional childhood that offered little direction and much confusion related to a divorce. Not a disciplined team player. Off-the-field issues linger. Drops were too consistent (see West Virginia).

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4

Bottom Line

A physically talented receiving tight end, Lyerla was overshadowed by the play of emerging freshman Johnny Mundt and litany of issues (suspensions, drugs, academics). Has overcome a lot of adversity stemming back to his youth and defied the odds to become an impactful performer. Talent grades could garner interest in the second round, but past history could easily knock him down several rounds and off many draft boards. Would benefit tremendously from a coach willing to serve as a strong father figure.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.