Can Devon Wylie Become Kansas City Chiefs' Version of Wes Welker?

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IMay 10, 2012

Devon Wylie
Devon WylieEric Francis/Getty Images

In the months leading up to this year's NFL draft, former Fresno State wideout Devon Wylie began to draw comparisons to a current NFL star who plays for the New England Patriots.

Yes, I'm referring to four-time Pro Bowler Wes Welker.

Welker has been one of the most product receivers in the league over the past five seasons, as he has reached 1,000 yards in four of those campaigns. Not to mention, the Oklahoma native has scored 31 touchdowns during that time.

Without seeing Wylie play a snap in the NFL, it might be a stretch to compare him to a player of Welker's caliber at this point in time. However, their measurables are very alike, and Wylie projects as a similar player to that of Welker at the next level.

They both stand 5'9" and weigh in at 185 pounds, and both are viewed as slot receivers for their respective teams. Welker probably has the better set of hands out of the two, but Wylie is also more explosive in the open field.

It was his explosiveness that attracted the Kansas City Chiefs when their fourth round pick came up on the third day of the draft.

Wylie has 4.39 40-yard speed and has the ability to be a home run threat any time he gets the ball in his hands. He's also very gifted in the return game, as he took two punts to the house last year for the Bulldogs.

Drafting Wylie made sense for the Chiefs, as they have been desperate for a solid receiving threat to put in the slot for a long time now. They have tried out several players at that position, including former Arizona Cardinal Lance Long and current Chief Dexter McCluster, but nothing has worked to this point.

Now, it's Devon Wylie's turn to man that spot on the field.

With all of the similarities between he and Welker, the question becomes can he potentially be a Wes Welker-type player for this team?

It's very possible, but he's obviously got a long road ahead of him before we start mentioning his name in the same sentence as Welker's (as far as elite slot receivers are concerned). Right now, the Chiefs would be happy f he can just create some matchup problems on offense while making a few big plays and make an impact in the return game this year,

However, it's not to say that Wylie can't become a great player for this team—he his all kinds of potential as a slot receiver in the NFL.