Two more Granite Bay players are headed to NFL

Burris is drafted by Raiders, Wylie by Chiefs; Thompson signs with Falcons
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Devon Wylie and Miles Burris, 2007 graduates of Granite Bay High School, were selected by AFC West rivals 32 picks apart in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Ernie Cooper, their coach with the Grizzlies, jumped out of his seat each time. Later Sunday, they all ended up at Cooper’s house: Wylie and Burris, their families and Granite Bay coaches.

“It was just a really good feeling,” Cooper said Monday.

Wylie, a 5-foot-9, 187-pound receiver, was taken by the Kansas City Chiefs with overall pick No. 107. Burris, a 6-2, 246-pound linebacker, was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the 139th pick.

Wylie’s selection was the highest for a Granite Bay graduate. Dallas Sartz was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round in 2007, according to Cooper. Adam Jennings went to the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round in 2006, and Sammie Stroughter was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round in 2009.

“After Devon was picked, we were just in a waiting game,” Cooper said. “When I saw Miles’ name go up, I was very excited. I’m really happy for him going in the fourth round, too. That means they’re putting a little stock into you.”

Burris was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection and San Diego State’s defensive player of the year last fall. He had 78 tackles and eight sacks last season and 235 tackles and 19 sacks in his career with the Aztecs.

Wylie, a former Sierra Foothill League MVP with 4.3-second speed in the 40-yard dash, led Fresno State with 56 receptions last season and was fourth in the nation with a punt return average of 15.38 yards. He returned two punts for a touchdown, against Nebraska and Boise State. He earned a third-team All-America honor as a punt returner from Yahoo! Sports and was an honorable-mention All-American by Sports Illustrated.

Cooper said the Chiefs were hot on both players. Kansas City and Atlanta are franchises that will reach out to a player’s high school coach to research the whole game, including performance and character.

“Seriously, I couldn’t shake them, about both guys,” Cooper said.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Super Bowl-champion New York Giants flew Wylie back east, but when the third round came and went Friday night without Wylie being selected, Cooper thought, “They’re not going to get him because he’s going to go before their next picks.”

While Peyton Thompson wasn’t at the draft party, the 2008 Granite Bay graduate will still head to training camp himself. The 5-11, 185-pound cornerback at San Jose State signed a free-agent contract with the Falcons