Beat reporters got a copy of the Green Bay Packers rookie minicamp roster, including players taking part on a tryout basis, and among the most interesting names is former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla.
Shared by Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com:
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Lyerla is a talented yet troubled prospect that must get his life on track if he's going to have a chance to play professional football.
At the NFL Combine, Lyerla was among the leaders at the tight end position in the 40-yard dash, clocking in at 4.61 seconds. He also had the top vertical jump of 39 inches and tied for the top broad jump with 128 inches, a display of his explosiveness.
In three years at Oregon, Lyerla 34 catches for 565 yards and 11 touchdowns, playing both tight end and H-back, also getting the occasional carry.
Midway through last season, Lyerla was dismissed from the Oregon program, and it didn't take him long to find trouble thereafter. In late October, Lyerla was arrested for cocaine possession.
Lyerla led a troubled childhood, and at one point in Oregon went on a rant on Twitter that the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut was a government conspiracy.
On one hand, Lyerla has an incredibly high ceiling, and on the other, the presents a very high amount of risk.
As a tryout player, the Packers are certainly not obligated to sign him, but will probably make a decision whether or not to do so by Saturday.
Last season, the Packers appeared to provide a stable environment for defensive lineman Johnny Jolly, who was suspended and eventually reinstated by the NFL after three years for his own drug use and multiple arrests.
Photo: Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla at the NFL Combine by Brian Carriveau.
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