September 22, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla (15) stiff arms Arizona Wildcats safety Jared Tevis (38) as he runs with the ball along the sideline at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
Round 6 – TE Colt Lyerla – Oregon
The Falcons desperately need to add a receiving threat at the Tight End position, and the prospect possessing the most potential to fulfill that need is the 6’5″ and 238 lb Colt Lyerla. Arrested on cocaine possession, Lyerla left the Ducks mid-season in 2013 for “personal reasons.” While he seems to be the opposite of what Thomas Dimitroff wants in a prospect, taking a chance on the troubled TE could pay dividends for the Falcons passing attack.
The Falcons missed the opportunity to draft Tyrann Mathieu in last years draft, where he landed with the Cardinals and went on to record 68 tackles, 2 INTs, 1 FF, and 1 sack. Arizona was smart enough to guarantee Mathieu no guaranteed money, which is exactly what Atlanta should do if they take Lyerla.
The Falcons have offensive leaders in Matt Ryan, Steven Jackson, and Roddy White who could look over Colt, and steer him in the right direction. If he doesn’t work out, the 6th round pick that was spent on him wouldn’t be too much of a loss.