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Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis

2014 NFL Draft prospect profile: WR Jared Abbrederis Player Information: Jared Abbrederis, WR Wisconsin, 6-1, 195 pounds, Hometown: Wautoma, WI


NFL Combine:

40 YARD DASH: 4.50 SEC







News and Notes: Former walk on, led the Badgers in receiving yards the past two seasons. Started 12 of 13 games each of the past two seasons. Will go down as one of the most pproductive receivers in school history despite walking on and redshirting 2009. Won the Burlsworth Trophy in 2013 for most outstanding college player that began his career as a walk on. First team All-Big Ten in 2012 and 2013.

What they’re saying about him: 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.

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. Sneaky quickness to get behind the secondary. He does a nice job selling routes and is able to create separation with his footwork, most notably a stutter-and-go double move that he uses to burst past corner. Sets up his moves and understands how to deceive defensive backs. Abbrederis displays excellent field savvy, tracks the ball very well and makes the proper adjustments to extend and pluck with his quick, soft hands. He has excellent field awareness and always appears to know where he is on the field.

Only an average athlete with ordinary straight-line speed. Lacks ideal size. Very little muscle definition.


Video Analysis:

Lines up all over the field, versatile in formations

Effective screen receiver. Once the ball is caught he’s able to get down the field quickly.

As a Wisconsin receiver, Abbrederis is a sound blocker down the field. Helped propel a couple Melvin Gordon runs.

Asserts himself after the catch and racking up yards which is a staple of the Packers’ receiving corps.

Would benefit from a better quarterback. Joel Stave is no Aaron Rodgers. Abbrederis was wide open and Stave didn’t have the arm strength to connect with him.

If drafted by the Packers: Wide receiver has become a need for the Packers this offseason. The question remains exactly how urgent the need is. With the loss of James Jones, Green Bay has Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin as their top three receivers. Boykin seems primed for a breakout season but the Packers have thrived with multiple receiver sets meaning they will need to add at least one more solid pass catcher.

Abbrederis would be a solid addition and wouldn’t require use of an early round draft pick. He’s not the best athlete by any means but he does his fundamentals well, something Packers coach Mike McCarthy preaches on his offense. Abbrederis has good hands and solid field awareness which would make the Green Bay offense a good fit for him. Having Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball doesn’t hurt either.

His route running ability is reminiscent of a young Greg Jennings and his football intelligence would be a tremendous asset from the start. He won’t be a number one receiver, but he’d fit the role Jones held until he signed with the Oakland Raiders this March.


Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and


11 thoughts on “NFL Draft Prospect Profile: WR Jared Abbrederis

  1. He had outstanding production considering a QB that couldn’t put the ball close to him when he was wide open deep, you would think “putting some air under the throw” could be taught. He looks like a Jordy Nelson type, decent size and the ability to get deep plus a feel for the game like Hyde came in with. Thompson has a knack for hitting on WR’s, he may add to the list.

    1. Abberderis is nothing like Jordy. He’s a backup slot receiver. I love the Badgers as much as anyone, but Abberderis isn’t that good a player.

      Completely pass on him.

  2. I’m going to get a lot of down votes for this but as a Michigan State fan, I always thought he was a bit of a scrub.

    Whenever I’d see him on the edge I wouldn’t typically worry about him. I’d want the safety to get active in the box but college defenses are college defenses and that’d never happen.

    I’d like to see the Packers get a bigger body WR who can play physical. Jones had a big enough frame and great center of gravity. Wasn’t easy to push around.

    Not a fan of JA, sorry friends.

    1. I’m a big Badgers fan and nothing about Abberderis interests me either. I’ll give you a thumbs up. But you can bet both of our comments will probably get blocked as unpopular.

      Give me a guy like Donte Moncrief! Given a year or two he will be a playmakers in the Jordy mold IMO.

  3. They probably said all the same stuff about Steve Largent.

    Someone’s going to be pleasantly surprised by this guy.

    1. I think there’s something more to his makeup than just Ht/Wt/40 times. Has always had a knack for key plays, even with a Joel Stave noodle-arming passes his way and nobody to take the attention of defenses away from him.

      I can understand why many say he’s just a guy, but I think he’s going to be better than that. Great? Probably not.

  4. Love the Badgers. Love Abbrederis. Is he going to be a great NFL receiver, no. Is he a good fit for this offense, yes. Crisp route running, good hands and awareness. I agree that there are better receivers to take, but if he’s there with our 3rd round comp pick, I think he will be a good/versatile addition to the offense and a very capable returner as well. GoPack!

    1. Don’t the Packers usually get “good fits for this offense” in undrafted free agency?

      Best wishes to Abbrederis, I loved watching him as a Badger, and I hope he has a great pro career, but lets not stretch to take him higher because we feel good about his college days.

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