Devon Wylie has never been a full-time starter. However, that does not take away from what the speedy wideout can bring to the NFL.
At 5'9", 187 pounds, Wylie is far from being an imposing figure on the field. But the diminutive receiver makes up for his lack of size with great speed and quickness.
The biggest questions surrounding Wylie concern his durability and relative lack of production in college. But he is an explosive player in the open field, and brings immediate value as a punt returner.
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According to NFL.com's scouting profile, there is a lot to like about Wylie:
"Wylie is highly effective as a returner as he is very decisive and has the speed to make one cut to take it the distance ... he is very quick off the ball and gets into his route immediately. He is a good route runner."
CBSSports.com has this to say about the prospect's strengths:
"Has a compact built and frame to beat the jam. Hits top speed immediately after the catch. A dynamic player from the slot and in the return game with experience on the outside."
Meanwhile, ESPN's Scouts Inc. warns that Wylie has some things to prove in the NFL:
"Doesn't run with great strength and balance and is knocked off his feet too easily by arm tackles ... Effort is adequate as a run blocker but lacks the size and strength to consistently cover up and control defenders."
Wylie brings the most immediate value on special teams in the return game. He brings great technique as a receiver, but will likely need a year or two in the league before becoming a consistent threat in the passing game.
To be a consistent contributor in the NFL, the former Fresno State receiver will have to prove he can stay healthy despite his slight build. He must also build confidence from the quarterbacks that he can make the tough catch over the middle.
Wylie's game projects well to that of Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown, but Wylie has better straight-line speed. Although it will be tough for him to match Brown's production, the potential is there.
From the get-go, Wylie can be a solid contributor to Kansas City's return game. And if he continues to develop as a receiver, he'll be yet another option in the passing game.
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