There’s a school of thought at the Scouting Combine that says the bench press doesn’t matter much in and of itself, but it does provide some insight into a player’s work ethic. You don’t necessarily need to be able to bench press 225 pounds for a lot of reps to be a good football player, but if you can’t bench 225 pounds for a lot of reps, that may call into question whether you work hard enough in the weight room.
If that school of thought is correct, former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla just got another strike against him.
Lyerla managed 15 reps at 225 pounds on the bench, which was the lowest of any tight end at the Combine. That suggests that he didn’t take his strength and conditioning work particularly seriously.
And that’s a problem considering that Lyerla already had question marks surrounding him. Lyerla showed a lot of promise early in his career at Oregon, but he left the team in October of 2013 and later pleaded guilty to cocaine possession.
“I can’t really say too much about that, but it’s something I deeply, deeply regret and it’s a mistake I’ll have to live with the rest of my life,” Lyerla said.
Lyerla may also regret not putting enough effort into working out to get himself ready for the Combine.