Every guy that plays football for the Ducks was a ‘jock’ in high school, but Colt Lyerla takes the word ‘jock’ to a whole new level. He measures a legitimate 6’5″, 245 lbs, and is literally all muscle. A 5-star prospect out of Hillsboro (Ore.) High School, Lyerla was compared to Julius Peppers as an athlete, and can jump onto a 62″ plyo box. The junior-to-be scored six TD’s through the air in 2012 (was limited by a knee injury at mid-season), and even scored a TD at running back early in the season. He’s truly a video game type of athlete (and he’s a force in NCAA ’14).
Because Colt didn’t redshirt (scored five TD’s on seven touches in 2011), he’s eligible to declare for the draft in 2014. That’s a real possibility, as his physical abilities make him a likely top-50 pick whenever he goes pro. Colt can push his stock into the first round if he produces at a high-level in 2013, but the real key for Lyerla is to stay healthy and free of off-field distractions. If he can stay on the field for every game and keep his name in the news for the right reasons, his production should result in All-Pac 12, and potentially All-American, recognition. His measurables and athleticism will only improve his draft stock when it comes time for the NFL Combine, as he’ll likely run his forty in the 4.5-4.6 second range, and will wow teams with his explosive jumping ability.
Duck fans are excited to see what Colt can do as an upperclassmen, and just for fun, here’s a link to him jumping into the bed of a jacked-up truck.