Wayne, who now serves as an NFL Network analyst, listed Hilton as the 10th-best wide receiver in the NFL.
"A four-time Pro Bowl selectee, Hilton's been a constant bright spot in Indy's struggling offense without Andrew Luck," Wayne said, per the Indianapolis Star. "If (or, as I like to think, when Andrew) Luck returns from his shoulder injury, the deep threat will get right back to putting up 100-yard games on a consistent basis."
Hilton struggled without Luck but still punched his ticket to his fourth straight Pro Bowl after reeling in 57 receptions for a team-best 966 yards and four touchdowns last season. The 28-year-old's 16.9 yards per catch ranked fourth in the NFL and his 11 receptions of 25-plus yards were tied for seventh-most in the league.
In Week 9, Hilton earned his first career AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor for his performance against the Houston Texans. He caught five passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
Wayne knows a thing or two about the Colts, having played his entire career with the club (2001-14). He will also be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor at Lucas Oil Stadium on Nov. 18 during the club's game against the Tennessee Titans.
Wayne resides in 10th place in NFL history in both receptions (1,070) and receiving yards (14,345). The six-time Pro Bowl selection also had 82 touchdowns while playing in a franchise-best 211 career games over 14 seasons (2001-14) since being selected by Indianapolis with the 30th overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft.