Jan. 25, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State wide receiver Devon Wylie has been invited to participate in the 2012 NFL Combine that runs Feb. 22-28 from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Wylie is scheduled to arrive in Indianapolis on Feb. 23 with the rest of the other receivers, quarterbacks and running backs and over the next four days the players will undergo a battery of medical examinations, interviews and a host of workouts.
He said his goal for the combine is to show teams how valuable of a weapon he is.
"My overall goal is to show my speed, I want to break 4.3 (in the 40-yard dash)," Wylie said. "I want to have the best numbers possible, and numbers wise, be the most valuable receiver there."
Since being named a third-team All-American by Yahoo! Sports this past fall, a season in which Wylie led the Bulldogs with 56 receptions, he has started to attract interest from NFL scouts and general managers.
Last Saturday, Wylie competed in the East-West Shrine Game where he helped lead the West squad to a 24-17 victory.
He 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, but 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, Fla.
"I think every time I had the ball I made the best of it and the punt return got called back unfortunately, but it still showed that I was able to make plays against guys that are the top-notch players for the level that I'm at," Wylie said. "Overall, it was a really great experience. It was a lot of fun and it really opened up my eyes to see the level of competition.
"It was another thing that really upped my game and made me that much more hungry to play at the next level, realizing my ability against those guys."
Wylie spent a week in St. Petersburg preparing for the game and the feedback he received from NFL personnel, whom he said covered both sidelines at the practices, was positive.
"After the practices each day the scouts were coming up to me saying `great practice out there today' because they watch every rep," Wylie said. "From their prospective, I was definitely putting myself on the map and really opening their eyes to the player that I am."
In between now and the combine Wylie is training down in Irvine, Calif., where he works out six days a week.
There he works with coaches such as Ted Tollner, a former head coach at USC (1983-86) and San Diego State (1994-01), and catches passes from NFL quarterbacks Mark Brunell and Trent Edwards.
"I get to catch passes from a lot of legit passers," he said. "From here out, I'm basically trying to get back to my top-notch speed 40-wise and maintain my weight."
Wylie has been clocked as fast as 4.27, a hand-timed 40 he ran at Fresno State in 2009. After recovering from a foot injury that caused him to miss all but one game in 2010, Wylie ran a 4.35 in the 40 prior to his redshirt senior season in 2011.
His 56 receptions last year led the team and he finished the season with one touchdown catch and 716 yards receiving, including a pair of 100-yard receiving games.
Returning punts, Wylie ranked fifth nationally by averaging 15.38 yards on 29 returns with two touchdowns - a 67-yarder at No. 10 Nebraska and a 79-yarder vs. No. 5 Boise State.
He was a second-team All-WAC selection as punt returner, garnered fourth-team All-America accolades from Phil Steele and was an honorable mention All-America pick by Sports Illustrated.
Each year, over three hundred of the very best college football players are invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine. Top executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation's top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Fans can follow Wylie's progress at the combine on NFL.com and the NFL Network.
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