2014 NFL Draft prospect profile: WR Jared Abbrederis Player Information: Jared Abbrederis, WR Wisconsin, 6-1, 195 pounds, Hometown: Wautoma, WI
40 YARD DASH: 4.50 SEC
BENCH PRESS: 4 REPS
VERTICAL JUMP: 30.5 INCH
BROAD JUMP: 117.0 INCH
3 CONE DRILL: 6.80 SEC
20 YARD SHUTTLE: 4.08 SEC
60 YARD SHUTTLE: 11.39 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:
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.
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.
CBSSports.com: 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.
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 AllGreenBayPackers.com 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 CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke