His career numbers thus far may not say so, but Colt Lyerla has the ability to become a big time NFL player. As a freshman, he only caught seven passes, but five of them went for touchdowns. In 2012 he increased those numbers to 25 receptions for 392 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for 77 yards and a score in 2012. Lyerla will look to break out in 2014 and become one of the premier receiving threats in the Pac-12.
Size and versatility give Lyerla tremendous NFL potential. In a league where TEs such as Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham are dominating opposing defenses, Lyerla has great value among NFL teams. The 6'5", 246lb rising junior is a matchup nightmare at TE as he possesses the speed and athletic ability to be similar to a player like Graham. He must prove he can consistently block in order to satisfy NFL scouts. Watch for that and improved production, which could make Lyerla a hot commodity come draft time.