The Kansas City Chiefs used their fourth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on Devon Wylie, wide receiver out of Fresno State. He'll be playing in the slot and he's already had some good reviews after his first minicamp in the NFL.
Right after the Chiefs drafted Wylie, I mentioned that we're going to be hearing a ton of Wes Welker comparisons because that's what we do when we see a white slot receiver. Yes, it's kinda silly (kinda?) but my prediction was right because we have heard a number of those Welker comparisons.
The comparisons didn't slow down when the Chiefs issued their jerseys numbers. Wylie, who wore No. 7 in college, was given No. 83, which happens to be Welker's number. In comments distributed by the Chiefs, Wylie said that he didn't choose the number.
"I requested a number in the teens," Wylie siad, "and this was one of the only 80s numbers available. It is just what was given to me. I'm just rolling with it."
The Chiefs, and not the player (as we learned last year), issue jersey numbers. Per NFL rules, receivers can wear numbers between 10-19 and 80-89. Going through the roster on KCChiefs.com, these numbers are still available: 13, 16, 18, 19 and 86.
(Editor's note: As commenter 3GChief points out, 16, 18 and 86 are retired. Doh. That's why.)
So the Chiefs, who choose the jersey numbers, chose to give him that number.