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NFL Draft Sleeper: Electrifying Fresno State Receiver/Returner Prospect

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 10: Devon Wylie #7 of the Fresno State Bulldogs tries to hold off Graham Stoddard #38 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during their game at Memorial Stadium September 10, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska won 42-29.(Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Scotty McGrawCorrespondent IIIApril 8, 2012

Fresno State's Devon Wylie is only 5'9" and less than 190 pounds, but the 2012 draft prospect is insanely electrifying.

Fans rise to their feet every time the wide receiver/returner gets hold of the football. The wide receiver saw limited playing time in his college career and is very raw, but he has the potential to make it big in the NFL.

Wylie had an injury-riddled college campaign, but it should not overshadow his potential and capability. He is magical when he is a returner, as he knows how to navigate through complex punt and kickoff coverage teams.

When he plays offense, Wylie plays nearly identical to New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker. Both are slot wideouts who can make broken plays turn into positive ones.

His combine stats include a 4.39 40-yard dash, the NFL's premier combine/pro day drill. He also benched 225 pounds 17 times, had a vertical jump of 39 and a 10'3" broad jump.

The wideout is projected to be picked anywhere from the fifth round to an undrafted free agent. WalterFootball.com has Wylie ranked as the 31st receiver overall. Meanwhile, NewEraScouting.com has him ranked as the 27th-best wideout. CBSSports.com has him ranked as high as the 19th-best receiver.

No matter how you rank Wylie, he is talented and has immense potential.

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