Colt Lyerla is a guy that not many NFL teams are happy with. A matter of fact, he waited three days after the NFL Draft before even receiving a phone call. He was not offered a contract, because of an arrest that happened earlier last year regarding possession of cocaine. Cocaine is not usually a drug that college players use, but it is obviously frowned upon in the NFL. Colt will be attending the NFL mini camp of the Packers this weekend, among 58 other rookies. I personally feel the team should sign him, because he is a very solid player. Coach Mike McCarthy would not really feed into the media hype, but he did comment on the former Oregon Duck standout.
“Colt is just like the other 58 — he’s one of the 58. He’s done things in his college career, and we’re fully aware of everything that every prospect has done on and off the field,” said Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. “And with that, we felt that he’s earned the opportunity as a tryout player to earn a spot to go to training. I’m excited to watch all these guys.”
I think the Packers would be crazy if they do not sign him. The risk versus reward is very small. The team is not giving him anything and all the risk is on Colt himself. Two years ago the Cincinnati Bengals did the same thing with Vontaze Burfict. How did that turn out? Well he is about to sign a huge contact extension. I would not be surprised if Colt does turn into a stud tight end. The team needs to think about their future, and if Colt can come in and show he is worthy of a roster spot, expect him to receive a decent contract down the road.