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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Connor Wedington

  • The Draft Network
  • January 14, 2021
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PROSPECT SUMMARY - CONNOR WEDINGTON

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.

Scheme Fit: Quick passing offense with bubble and smoke screens.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: USC (2019), UCLA (2019), Oregon (2019)

Best Game Studied: USC (2019)

Worst Game Studied: Oregon (2019)

Route Running: Overall, he needs improvement as a route-runner. This is because he lacks the top-end speed to threaten DBs deep. He has good agility but needs to improve at the nuances and subtly of attacking leverage and creating separation. 

Hands: He demonstrates good hands to secure the catch. He has eye-opening moments when making tough catches against close coverage. He does have moments of allowing the ball to get into his body, which could be problematic in the NFL.

Separation: Although he has good agility, improving the nuances of route-running will help him create more separation. He doesn't create a lot of separation as a route-runner. He lacks the “juice” to run away from defenders in the open field. 

Release: An area that could use improvement for this player is in his releases off the line. He needs to use his hands better to get off press or get more consistent at using foot quickness. For these reasons, his skill set is best suited for playing in the slot.

Run After Catch: His run after the catch ability is mediocre overall. He is a kick returner, however, he isn’t ideally suited in that role in the NFL. He is not elusive in space and lacks elite top-end speed. 

Ball Skills: He demonstrates good ball skills for the position. He does a good job tracking back-shoulder throws and making difficult catches. He also shows good catch efficiency in the short to intermediate range. 

Football IQ: He plays the game with good football IQ. He will sit his route down against zone defenses. He also understands down/distance and situational football, and will adjust his route accordingly. 

Versatility: This player lacks true positional versatility. His skill set is ideally suited inside in the slot. He is not an ideal fit outside and I have reservations about him getting off press against bigger press corners.

Competitive Toughness: There are moments where he will mix it up as a stalk blocker. However, there are moments where I wish he was more competitive at the catch point. He sufficiently catches passes over the middle when contact is imminent. 

Big-Play Ability: Due to his lack of good long speed and separation ability, it limits his big plays. While he does return kicks, he is only average in this capacity. He does his best work in the short to intermediate range.

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Drae Harris: 70/100

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