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WR Devon Wylie Bio - Chiefs 2012 4th Round Pick

Posted Apr 28, 2012

Wylie worked as a slot receiver and return specialist at Fresno State

DEVON WYLIE
Wide Receiver
Fresno State University Bulldogs
5-9, 186
Roseville, California

OVERVIEW
Wylie is a dynamic playmaker using his speed and cutting ability to make him elusive in the open field.

Wylie could be a poster boy for never losing sight of a dream. The former Sierra Foothill League Most Valuable Player in 2006, led Fresno State in receptions this fall, had two high-profile punt returns for a touchdown, had 4.3 speed in the 40-yard dash and now has his sights set on the National Football League.

Wylie has done his homework. He can play both split end and flanker, in addition to seeing action in the slot. He knows NFL teams travel with four or five receivers, one of whom handles kick and punt returns. He also knows NFL teams covet speed, so he has worked on his technique and explosion. The speed he had in his junior year has returned. Wylie said he's been hand-timed in a sub-4.3 in the 40.

He caught a Fresno State-best 56 passes for 716 yards and one touchdown. Wylie registered 100-yard receiving games vs. Nevada and Louisiana Tech, and he caught 13 balls vs. Tech. Wylie returned 29 punts for 446 yards, and his 15.38 yards per return led the Western Athletic Conference and was fourth in the nation. He returned two punts for a touchdown, a 67-yarder vs. then-tenth ranked Nebraska and a 79-yarder vs. then-fifth ranked Boise State.

Wylie earned a third-team All-American honor as a punt returner from Yahoo! Sports and The NFL Draft Report, along with being an honorable-mention by Sports Illustrated. He finished his Fresno State career with 2,331 all-purpose yards, ten touchdowns and even 16 tackles on special team action, where he also averaged 20.81 yards per kickoff return and 13.49 via punt returns. His numbers included 98 receptions for 1,327 yards (13.54 ypc) and eight scores, along with 118 yards on 18 reverses (6.56 ypc).

Wylie was a third-team All-State selection after he scored 19 touchdowns as a senior, 15 on the ground, as he rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and had 532 receiving yards, catching four touchdown passes at Granite Bay High School in 2006. He averaged 7.9 yards per carry and nearly 14 yards per reception.

The senior was also selected the Grizzlies’ Offensive MVP, first-team All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee and Sierra Foothills League MVP, as he helped the school to a 9-2 record that year. He was rated as the 19th- best receiver in California and received a three-star rating from Scout.com. A two-star prospect, according to Rivals.com, he had one of the top performances at the 2006 NIKE Training Camp in Palo Alto, clocking 4.53 in the 40-yard dash, with a 35-inch
vertical jump and a 4.31 timing in the 20-yard shuttle.

Wylie was recruited by Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Nevada, Washington and Washington State, but he decided to sign his national letter-of-intent to attend Fresno State in November 17th, 2006. He would spend the bulk of his 2007 campaign performing on special teams. He averaged 22.21 yards on 14 kickoff returns and produced seven tackles with a forced fumble. He had a 44-yarder reception vs. Texas A&M.

As a sophomore, Wylie appeared in nine games as a reserve split end. He ranked fourth on the team with 22 catches for 269 yards (12.2 ypc) and a pair of scores, adding 51 yards on four carries. He had did make four tackles and return two kicks for 22 yards.

Wylie switched from jersey #18 to #7 prior to the 2009 season opener and started two of the ten games he appeared in. He was limited to 259 yards and four touchdowns on seventeen receptions from the split end position and also excelled on special teams. He recorded five tackles, blocked a kick and returned 12 punts for an 8.92-yard average.

Wylie changed his diet and workout regimen prior to the 2010 season, seeing his frame go from a rail-thin 170 pounds to a lean, muscular 185.

In 2011, the slot receiver started five games of the 13 he played in, and led the team with a career-high 56 catches for 716 yards (19.5 ypc), and found the end zone once. The fifth-year senior gained 48 yards on eight carries, and made a big impact on special teams. He led the Western Athletic Conference and ranked fifth in the nation with a punt return average of 15.38 yards per runback, totaling 446 yards on 29 tries with a pair of touchdowns.

That performance earned Wylie an invitation to play in the 2012 East-West Shrine Game, where he caught the attention of pro scouts. Lining up at the “Y” receiver position, his performance throughout the week’s practices had talent evaluators comparing him to another slot receiver, the New England Patriots’ Wes Welker.

In the all-star clash, Wylie had two catches in the game for 16 yards, including a nine-yard reception down near the goal line that set up the West's first touchdown of the game, and he returned four punts for an average of 13.5 yards. His long return went for 25 yards, which would have been longer if not for a penalty on the play. Wylie felt he had a very productive game at the all-star event held in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Scouts claim that the Fresno State receiver shows the short-area burst and quickness to work in the short-half of the field. He makes sharp, decisive cuts and flashed an elusive quality in practices. He looks best as a "Y" receiver in the slot and also offers value as a punt returner.

His performance that week during East-West practices earned him an invitation to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. Right after the East-West Shrine Game, Wylie moved to Irvine, California, to train. Wylie said his goal for the combine was to show teams how valuable of a weapon he is. He was clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.39 with a 39-inch vertical jump and a 10’3” broad jump, one of the better performances among the 300-plus players in attendance.

CAREER NOTES
Wylie started seven of 44 games at Fresno State, and caught 98 passes for 1,327 yards (13.54 ypc) and eight touchdowns, adding 118 yards on 18 carries (6.56 ypc)…Returned 41 punts for 553 yards (13.49 avg) and two touchdowns…His average of 15.38 yards per punt return in 20121 rank sixth on the school season-record list…His two punt returns for touchdowns in 2011 tied Mike Freeman (1967) and Clifton Smith (2007) for second on the Bulldogs’ season-record chart, topped by the three scoring runbacks by Phil Borjas in 1972…Also recorded 16 sixteen tackles (11 solos) with a forced fumble and a blocked kick, in addition to gaining 333 yards on 16 kickoff returns (20.81 avg)… Gained 2,331 all-purpose yards, an average of 13.47 yards per attempt and 52.98 yards per game…His 13 receptions vs. Louisiana Tech were the most by any player in the Western Athletic Conference in 2011 and the most by a Bulldog since
Bernard Berrian also grabbed 13 vs. Boise State on November 16th, 2003.


2011 SEASON
Wylie earned All-American third-team honors as a punt returner from The NFL Draft Report and Yahoo! Sports, in addition to receiving honorable mention from Sports Illustrated…Named All-Western Athletic Conference second-team by the league’s coaches…Played in all 13 games, starting five contests as a slot receiver while also playing at split end…Led the team with a career-high 56 receptions for 716 yards (12.79 ypc) and one touchdown, ranking 11th in the WAC with game averages of 4.31 receptions and 55.08 yards receiving…Added 48 yards on eight carries (6.0 ypc) and led the league while ranking fifth in the nation with an average of 15.38-yard per punt return (sixth-highest average in a season by a Bulldog), as he totaled 446 yards with a pair of touchdowns on 29 runbacks…Had six-straight games from the Nebraska
through Utah State contests where he returned a punt for 30 yards or longer…Posted eight receptions of 20 or more yards on the year and registered two 100-yard receiving games on the year in back-to-back weeks at Nevada and vs. Louisiana Tech His first score via a punt return came vs. Nebraska, as he raced 67 yards into the end zone, finishing the day with 110 yards on five returns, 50 yards on four catches and 5 yards on a reverse…Had five receptions for 75 yards, a 17-yard reverse and three punt returns for 14 yards vs. California…Hauled in five balls for 108 yards vs. Nevada, followed with a career-best 13 receptions for 149 yards and a score vs. Louisiana Tech…Snared five balls for 59 yards vs. Hawaii and totaled 97 yards on seven catches, adding 13 yards on two punt returns vs. San Diego State…Returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown, as Wylie gained 82 yards on three runbacks, 9 yards on a reverse and 12 yards on two catches vs. Boise State.

2010 SEASON
Wylie caught two passes for 39 yards and a 28-yard score vs. the Bearcats before being granted a medical hardship for an injury.

2009 SEASON
Wylie appeared in ten contests, sharing split end duties with Chastin West…Caught 17 passes for 259 yards (15.24 ypc) and four touchdowns…Added 16 yards on three carries and returned 12 punts for 107 yards (8.92 avg)…Recorded five tackles (3 solos), including two stops with a blocked punt, adding 57 yards on three punt returns and a 24-yard reception vs. Cal-Davis. His blocked kick gave Fresno State 80 blocked kicks since Pat Hill took over the program in 1997. It also gave the Bulldogs an NCAA-best 45 blocked kicks since 2002…Followed with a 70-yard touchdown grab among his five receptions for 114 yards, gaining 37 yards on four punt returns vs. Wisconsin…Added another score on four catches for 37 yards, in addition to making two solo tackles vs. Boise State…Had a 27-yard touchdown grab vs. San Jose State.

2008 SEASON
Finished fourth on the team with 22 receptions for 269 yards (12.2 ypc) and two touchdowns…Gained 51 yards on four carries (12.75 ypc) and 22 yards on two kickoff returns…Posted four tackles (3 solos) on special teams.

2007 SEASON
Wylie played in 11 games, seeing most of his action returning 14 kickoffs for 311 yards (22.21 avg) and recording seven tackles (5 solos) with a forced fumble for the special teams unit…He had one reception for 44 yards vs. Texas A&M.

AGILITY TESTS
4.39 in the 40-yard dash…1.50 10-yard dash…2.53 20-yard dash…4.31 20-yard shuttle…7.08 three-cone drill…39-inch vertical jump…10’3” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times…30 14-inch arm length…9 ½-inch hands…72 ¾-inch wingspan.

HIGH SCHOOL
Wylie attended Granite Bay (Cal.) High School, where he was a third-team All-State selection after he scored 19 touchdowns as a senior, 15 on the ground, as he rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and had 532 receiving yards, catching four touchdown passes in 2006…Averaged 7.9 yards per carry and nearly 14 yards per reception…The senior was selected the Grizzlies’ Offensive MVP, first-team All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee and Sierra Foothills League MVP, as he helped the school to a 9-2 record that year…Rated as the 19th- best receiver in California and received a three-star rating from Scout.com… A two-star prospect, according to Rivals.com, he had one of the top performances at the 2006 NIKE Training Camp in Palo Alto, clocking 4.53 in the 40-yard dash, with a 35-inch vertical jump and a 4.31 timing in the 20-yard shuttle…Attended the same high school that produced former Fresno State Bulldog star and Atlanta Falcons receiver Adam Jennings.

PERSONAL
Physical Education…Son of Lori and Doug Wylie...Born 9/02/88…Resides in Roseville, California.

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