Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports photograph
Round 5 – [Pick 36]: Jared Abbrederis, WR
The second of three receivers selected by Green Bay, and one who gets the luxury of a hometown fan base already built up because of his time at Wisconsin.
Abbrederis brings with him a hardworking persona and is someone who can be classified as an overachiever. That’s not meant as a negative, by the way; he just has some obvious limitations that he is able to lessen through sheer determination and effort.
His overall strength is said to be an issue and that, combined with average speed and elusiveness, can be seen with his problems gaining separation. But he does prove himself to be an intelligent player, using his good hands, strong awareness, and ability to work around press coverage to help make up for his flaws in other areas.
To get an indication on how well that can turn out he put up 10 REC/207 yds/1 TD line on Bradley Roby, who was good enough to get picked in the first round of the draft.
Unfortunately for Abbrederis, his position is loaded so he’ll need to have things break his way and showcase his abilities to the fullest just to maybe make the roster (as of today there are 11 receivers on the roster; 6 is usually the most seen on any given roster after the 53-man cutdown).
Looking further into it, there’s already 4 spots locked down barring injury (Nelson, Cobb, Boykin, Adams), which means that he is competing with 7 players for at most two spots. What does work in his favor is that he has spent time working with the return game, so that could be the difference between a roster spot and the practice squad.
I think he will end up as the #5 WR and on top of that also be working as either the top punt- or kick-returner.
8 REC, 80 yds, Kick/Punt return duties