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Pac-12 Packed With Tight End Talent

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Oregon's Colt Lyerla is a versatile, athletic tight end, who could be utilized similarly to Aaron Hernandez. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images.
Oregon's Colt Lyerla is a versatile, athletic tight end, who could be utilized similarly to Aaron Hernandez. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images.

6-5, 246 pounds

2012 season: 25 rec., 392 yds., 6 TDs

Colt Lyerla is extremely difficult to take down and, just like everyone at Oregon, he runs like a deer. He averaged almost 16 yards per catch in 2012 and has the ability to reach the end zone every time he gets the ball, especially when he lines up as a tailback and runs through the line like a man possessed.

Lyerla is closer to a receiver than a traditional tight end, and his blocking needs some work. At the NFL level, he will need to block more than he does at Oregon. Or, whatever team drafts him in the second or third round can just use him the ways the Patriots use Aaron Hernandez.