According to The Draft Network’s Justin Melo, the Indianapolis Colts are among the pro teams that have expressed interest in Stanford wide receiver/return specialist Connor Wedington ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft:
#Stanford WR/KR/PR Connor Wedington is an electric return man in this draft class. 28.1 yards per return in 2019 (Ranked #1 in the Pac-12/#8 nationally).
— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) March 4, 2021
During 2020, the senior Cardinal team captain had 15 receptions for 157 receiving yards (10.5 ypr. avg.), as well as 4 kick returns for 95 total kick return yards (23.8 avg.) in 3 games.
Just a season prior, Wedington had 21 kick returns for 590 total kick return yards, averaging 28.1 yards per kick return.
At a listed 6’0”, 204 pounds, here’s his scouting report (via The Draft Network):
Connor Wedington demonstrates average proactive athleticism with regards to his body control. He is quicker than he is fast and is ideally suited to play in the slot. He will catch the football on a shallow cross when contact is imminent and competes as a stalk blocker in the run game. He has some eye-opening moments catching the football where he torques his body for an extremely difficult catch. He doesn’t create a ton of separation at the top of the route.
Ideal Role: Bottom of the roster WR and return man.
Davis Mills floats a great anticipatory throw to Connor Wedington, who makes a terrific catch — that’s that roommate connection pic.twitter.com/8l5lDMF1O5
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) November 27, 2020
The Colts already have some impressive special teams returnmen, as rookie Isaiah Rodgers averaged 28.8 yards per kick return (3rd highest in 2020)—while Nyheim Hines averaged 10.0 yards per punt return (6th highest this past season) respectively.
However, Wedington, presumably as a late Day 3 pick or priority undrafted free agent, could earn an NFL roster spot (with the Colts or anyone else) given his versatility—as a special teams returnman and wideout lower on the depth chart.
There’s definite value in that.