Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Chiefs picks: Round 4/107 - Devon Wylie, WR, 5-9, 186, Fresno State...Wylie brings the element of speed to the roster that they desperately need, especially on special teams where he shined at Fresno returning punts. He could easily become the Wes Welker of the K.C. offense. COULD SURPRISE: Wide receiver Devon Wylie: Maybe the first of the Chiefs draft class that sees regular playing time, thanks to his background in the slot on offense and participating in special teams as a punt returner. - The Sports Xchange
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Wylie is a tough player who shined at the East-West Shrine practices. At Fresno State however, Wylie did not produce frequently and disappeared in many games. Wylie has the athleticism and quickness to be a real threat in the slot as a mismatch and on special teams as a returner, but he has to improve his inconsistent hands.
Positives: Has a compact built and frame to beat the jam. Good burst after one or two steps. Shows exaggerated movements on jerk routes and the ability to quickly adjust to throws. Fights through trash well and is not afraid to take a hit in the middle of the field. Hits top speed immediately after the catch. A dynamic player from the slot and in the return game with experience on the outside.
Weaknesses: Wylie tends to run around contact at the line and struggles to win contested catches that force him to leave his feet. Has lapses in concentration that lead to drops on easy catches. He lacks an open-field wiggle, preferring to outrun defenders rather than making them miss in short areas. Routes can get rounded when facing bigger corners. Drifts a bit in soft zones. Disappeared in a few games as a senior and missed most of the 2010 season with a foot injury.
Named a third team All-American as a punt returner by Yahoo! Sports ... fourth team All-America pick by Phil Steele as a punt returner ... honorable mention All-America pick as a punt returner by Sports Illustrated ... second team All-WAC selection as a special teams performer ... played in all 13 games, making five starts at wide receiver ... led the team with 56 receptions ... led the WAC and ranked fifth nationally by averaging 15.38 yards per punt return ... returned two punts for a touchdown - the first was a 67 yarder at No. 10 Nebraska and the second was a 79-yard TD vs. No. 5 Boise State ... his punt return for a touchdown at Nebraska was the first allowed by the Huskers in 10 years ... had six-straight games from Sept. 10-Oct. 15 where he returned a punt for 30 yards or longer ... finished the season with 29 punt returns for 446 yards ... was second on the team with 716 yards receiving with one touchdown ... averaged 12.8 yards per catch with a long of 71 at Nevada and averaged 55.1 yards per game ... had eight receptions of 20 or more yards on the year ... posted two 100-yard receiving games on the year in back-to-back weeks at Nevada and vs. Louisiana Tech ... his 13 receptions against La Tech were the most by any player in the WAC in 2011 and the most by a Bulldog since Bernard Berrian also grabbed 13 against No. 20 Boise State on Nov. 16, 2003 ... finished with 149 yards receiving against Louisiana Tech and one touchdown ... had five games with five or more receptions, including seven catches for 97 yards at San Diego State to close out the year ... ran eight times for 48 yards.
Redshirted after suffering an injury early in the season.
Led the team with four touchdown receptions through the first six games before an injury sidelined him for the next four games ... fourth on the team in receiving yards, and is second behind Seyi Ajirotutu in touchdowns (4) and second behind Marlon Moore in yards per catch (16.4) ... had a career-high 114 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown reception against Wisconsin ... scored touchdowns against Boise State, Hawaii and San Jose State ... led the team with 12 punt returns.
Despite missing four games due to injuries, still ranked third on the team with 21 receptions ... scored his first career touchdown against No. 10 Wisconsin on a 47-yard play... averaged 12.9 yards per receptions, second-best on the team for a receiver ... was averaging 31 yards per reception after the first two games of the season before the injury ... had a career-high six receptions against Utah State ... averaged 15 yards per gain on three carries.
Played in 11 games, mainly as a return specialist... had 14 returns for 311 yards, with a longest return of 47 yards with an average of 22.2 yards... had one catch for 44 yards against No. 23Texas A&M.
A third-team all-state selection ... scored 19 touchdowns as a senior, 15 on the ground as he rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and had 532 receiving yards ... caught four touchdown passes ... averaged 7.9 yards per carry and nearly 14 yards per reception ... selected the offensive team MVP ... first-team All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee ... Sierra Foothills League MVP ... helped the Grizzlies to a 9-2 record ... rated as the 19th best receiver in California by one recruiting service.
Born Sept. 2, 1988 ... parents are Lori and Doug Wylie ...has one brother, Doug and one sister ,Dene ... comes from the same high school that produced former Bulldog star and Atlanta Falcons receiver Adam Jennings ... lists Walter Payton as his favorite athlete ... also recruited by Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Nevada, Washington and Washington State.
Draft Scout Player News
11/04/12 - WR Devon Wylie has been a major disappointment in his rookie season not because of his ability, but his availability. He's missed all but one game and is just now returning to full practice participation in the last few weeks. The Chiefs hoped to have the fourth-round choice contributing in a big way on special teams, but he has just four snaps in eight games.
10/24/12 - WR Devon Wylie returned to practice this week after being out of action because of a hamstring injury. Wylie has been active for just one of the season's first six games as he's dealt with the injury. He's unlikely to be active for the game against the Raiders unless injury problems pop up with other receivers.
10/22/12 - WR Devon Wylie has not been a full participant in practice for six weeks after suffering what apparently was a series of hamstring injuries. He has kept busy riding a stationary bike and receiving treatment in the training room. Wylie is expected to begin limited practice work this week.
10/15/12 - WR Devon Wylie continues to see his rookie season wash past him, as he can't recover from what the Chiefs are calling a hamstring injury. Wylie first suffered the problem in training camp, came back and played some in the preseason, but then again had a problem. He worked his way off the injury report at one point, but then re-injured the hamstring, and he's been working on the stationary bike ever since.
10/10/12 - WR Devon Wylie appears to have re-injured a strained hamstring that has kept him sidelined from practice and games for nearly a month now. Wylie was a full participant in the Wednesday practice before the Baltimore game, but then was shelved once again, and sent to the rehab area to ride the stationary bike.