The Two Sides of Colt Lyerla

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Writing voluminous amounts of words about a guy who hasn't played a down yet in the NFL seems to be the thing to do this week, so who am I to judge? Here are my thoughts on Colt Lyerla.

There are two obvious sides to this young man as far as fans of the Green Bay Packers should be concerned, at least right now. There's Colt Lyerla, the actual player, and Colt Lyerla the expectation.

You'll notice I didn't mention Colt Lyerla, the guy who said crazy things about Sandy Hook and snorted cocaine. I'll explain that part later.

Colt Lyerla the player is a very talented youngman. He's as big, as strong, and as fast as Eric Ebron, a first round tight end in this year's draft. I've seen Lyerla compared to Denver's Julius Thomas, the Bristol County Jail's Aaron Hernandez, and even San Francisco's Vernon Davis, if you can believe that. The funny thing is, if you turn on any amount of tape on Lyerla, it's easy to talk yourself into any one of those things being true.

That's where Colt Lyerla the player meets Colt Lyerla the expectation. Once the highlights start to roll and the workout numbers start to flash across the screen, it's not difficult to find yourself thinking "hey, this guy is going to be a player." Only, we have no way of knowing that, because all we've seen of Colt Lyerla is YouTube highlights and a few snapshots from rookie orientation. This is why Colt Lyerla the expectation is dangerous, perhaps more dangerous than any supposed negative influence that he may be on the locker room.

Lyerla is the sort of player that gets fans charged up to dangerous levels in the off-season. We hear the stories of his athletic prowess, think about how the Packers might be the ones to redeem him from his troubled past...and then wonder what happened when he doesn't pan out. "If this guy was so wonderful," we'll wonder, "why did we let him go? What happened?"

Any number of things could happen. It could just be that Colt Lyerla is not an NFL football player. He may be, but we don't know that yet. That's why the endless speculation about how he'll play and what he might do is dangerous.

Now, about Colt Lylera, the guy who makes questionable life choices. This would be a big deal if the Packers hadn't signed guys like Koren Robinson and Johnny Jolly (a convicted felon, mind you), kept a guy like Erik Walden around after he beat his girlfriend (and was suspended by the league for it), or drafted Micah Hyde (a talented guy with an arrest record). Where is this supposed moral high ground some fans and at least one writer are claiming? Don't the Packers seem to know what they're doing when it comes to getting production out of "troubled" guys?

Furthermore, if the Packers' locker room is composed in such a way that it can be torn apart by one "troubled" undrafted rookie free agent, this team was never going anywhere in the first place.

And that's all I have to say about Colt Lyerla.

AnalysisJon Meerdink