The 2014 NFL Draft concluded last Sunday without one former Oregon Ducks player being selected, of course he also did not complete much time in college overall and had some character issues. Former Hillsboro Star and Native Colt Lyerla had found his way into the NFL on the coat tails of a mini camp invite with the Green Bay Packers, which is a solid opportunity for him to prove himself after not being chosen in the Draft, or signed as a free agent in the period following the 2014 NFL Draft.
Lyerla dropped everything and left the Oregon Ducks football program and was later seen by Eugene, Oregon Police handling cocaine in his car, he was arrested and from there many in the community hoped he could turn it around, and it appears he is on the road to recovery and has his chance at the next level. Oregon Head Coach Mike McCarthy said of Lyerla that he had done things in college and in his career and that he has earned the opportunity to try out.
The next step following the weekend mini camp would be to sign Lyerla to a contract. The Green Bay Packers could use someone of his stature in the backfield in certain sets and to spell Tight End Jermichael Finley. If he is added he will become the fourth former Oregon Ducks player to sign with an NFL team following the Draft including Josh Huff and Taylor Hart with the Philadelphia Eagles and De’Anthony Thomas with the Kansas City Chiefs.