Although the Green Bay Packers drafted Fresno State‘s Davante Adams in the second round, they decided to draft in-state prospect Jared Abbrederis in the later rounds. Coming from the University of Wisconsin, Abbrederis played against good competition in the Big Ten. The Packers lost James Jones in free agency, and adding an experienced receiver like Abbrederis was a smart move.
The main problem I have with Abbrederis is how lean his body is. At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Abbrederis has the size, but he needs to put on around 10-15 pounds to make an immediate impact in the NFL. Because of his size-to-weight ratio, Abbrederis has had problems with injuries; he has had two concussions and has had problems with his ribs.
The best part about him is that he is a polished route-runner, and he is one of the smartest receivers in this year’s draft class. Abbrederis has drawn comparisons to Jordy Nelson in terms of their smarts and route-running, and that’s high praise for the Wisconsin native.
Abbrederis is a hardworking kid and his maturity is easy to see on the football field, as he beats his opponents by getting in the right place at the right time. Abbrederis was a walk-on and his desire for football makes him a fan favorite. Against Bradley Roby, who was one of the top cornerbacks in the nation last year, Abbrederis caught 10 passes for more than 200 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers loves to spread the ball around, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Abbrederis had around 500 receiving yards in his rookie season.