On Friday, Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel presented the case for and against each tight end on the Packers' roster being their Week 1 starter. Andrew Quarless is the most experienced. Richard Rodgers has a fan in Aaron Rodgers. There are six or seven guys trying to prove their worth in this battle.
Colt Lyerla is part of this competition as an undrafted rookie. And if comparisons mean anything, then he should probably be starting right away.
The comparison comes from Josh Huff, a current Philadelphia Eagle and former teammate of Lyerla's at the University of Oregon. He made it to Dunne back in May.
"There are tight ends in the league now I know he's better than -- an all-pro tight end like Jimmy Graham. That's saying a lot," Huff said. "Guys like Tony Gonzalez, who's no longer in the league. Those athletic guys. Rob Gronkowski. I feel like he can be better than those guys."
That's not all.
"Colt is a beast," Oregon cornerback Terrance Mitchell said. "I don't know how to explain it. A monster, a beast. ... He could be anything he wants to be."
But it's not that simple. There are reasons why Lyerla, with his 4.60-40 speed, wasn't drafted. They extend past on-field concerns, such as he is not a very good blocker or more of an athlete than a football player. No, Lyerla was ignored by every team for seven rounds in May because of the drama he created off of the field.
He was suspended by the Ducks last year for missing multiple practices and then quit the team in October. A couple of weeks later, he was arrested and later pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. Scouts bashed him mercilessly entering the draft. One said he has no confidence in himself away from the football field.
Yeah, he is crazy talented and should probably be owned in all dynasty leagues. Yet, Lyerla has to work hard on a host of things before he can become a great player. I only hope he is not a guy we look back on as a cautionary tale and say, "Man, he could have been better than Jimmy Graham." He needs to give himself a chance.