Lyerla was given a shot at reaching the NFL by the Packers despite a troubled final year of college that saw him leave the University of Oregon team before being arrested for possession of cocaine and attempting to flee the police.
However, the tight end posted impressive figures during the scouting combine and Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson has now decided to take the risk on him despite the off-field troubles.
I am honored to be a part of such a legendary organization. Proud to be a Green Bay Packer ! #GoPackGo— (@LongLiveLyerla) May 19, 2014
The Packers also chose another tight end, Richard Rodgers, in the third round of this year's Draft.