FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State wide receiver Devon Wylie was selected Saturday by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 107th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2012 National Football League Draft.
Wylie, at 5-9, 185-pounds, becomes the 15th Fresno State wide receiver to be taken in the NFL Draft and the first since Paul Williams in 2007. Williams went in the third round (72nd overall) to the Tennessee Titans.
He becomes the fourth Bulldog to be drafted by the Chiefs and the first since linebacker Maurice Rodriguez in the seventh round in 2002.
Wylie is the 68th player drafted out of Fresno State in school history and the 23rd since 2000.
He was named an All-American as a punt returner for the Bulldogs as a redshirt senior in 2011, a season in which he also led the team with 56 receptions.
Wylie was named an All-American by Yahoo! Sports, Phil Steele and Sports Illustrated after he finished last season ranked No. 5 in the nation with a 15.4 average on 29 punt returns. He was also a second-team All-WAC selection as a special teams performer last year.
The speedy prospect out of Roseville, Calif. (Granite Bay HS) returned two punts for touchdowns as a fifth-year senior; a 67-yarder at No. 10 Nebraska and a 79-yard return for a score vs. No. 5 Boise State. Additionally, Wylie returned a punt 30 yards or longer in six-straight games from Sept. 10-Oct. 15. Both of his TD returns came in that stretch.
He had three career 100-yard receiving games, including his 13-catch, 149-yard and one touchdown performance against Louisiana Tech in 2011. Those 13 catches were the most by a Bulldog since Bernard Berrian had 13 receptions against No. 20 Boise State on Nov. 16, 2003.
Wylie overcame injuries throughout his career, including a foot injury that caused him to miss the entire 2010 season. He came back stronger than ever in 2011 and had a banner season.
He caught 98 passes as a Bulldog for 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns and returned 41 punts for an average of 13.5 yards in his career.
Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics