Wisconsin fans can finally rejoice – that’s because wide receiver was selected by the Green Bay Packers 176th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft this afternoon … adding yet another offensive weapon to a roster with needs on both sides of the ball.
The addition of Abbrederis is thanks to the compensatory picks awarded to the Packers for the loss of Greg Jennings and Erik Walden.
Abbrederis’s incredible athleticism and label as a “blue-collar overachiever” fits him and will be a tight fit with the Green Bay Packers.
Here is a bit of analysis from nfl.com:
Uses his hands well to swat away press. Stems his routes. Sells his patterns. Nice hands. Good field and boundary awareness. Gives effort to engage and shield cornerbacks as a blocker. Outstanding football intelligence — like a quarterback on the outside. Productive three-year starter. Mature and humble. Hardworking and coachable. Carved up Ohio State CB Bradley Roby to the tune of 10-207-1.
Has a slender build and needs to bulk up and get stronger. Ordinary pop off the line. Builds to average speed. Could struggle to separate vs. quick-twitch covermen. Lets throws into his body and breaks stride to catch. Not a jumpball player (30 1/2-inch vertical jump). Straightlinish after the catch — pedestrian agility and elusiveness. Has a history of concussions. Bench-pressed 225 pounds just four times, lowest of all combine participants.
DRAFT PROJECTION – Rounds 4-5
A former walk-on, Abbrederis went from afterthought to scholarship player to No. 1 receiver. While the blue-collar overachiever lacks exceptional athletic traits for the NFL, he’s a steady “X” receiver whose hands and smarts could enable him to work his way into a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver role.