Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin (HT: 6'1", WT: 195)
Fifth Round: 176th Pick
NFL Comparison: Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers
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- Pure speed isn't great but he makes up for it with quick, efficient breaks in his routes.
- Does a great job setting up defensive backs with subtle moves in the stem of his routes.
- Capable of getting open on deep routes due to his ability to put together double moves, and then has just enough speed to pull away when the defensive back takes a misstep.
- Shows off his impressive athleticism when going up for the ball in traffic.
- Great body control when leaving the ground—can make acrobatic catches and still maintain the control to come down in position to make a move after the catch, or with his feet in bounds along the sideline.
- Does a great job adjusting to poorly thrown balls—and he has had plenty of practice given the quarterback play at Wisconsin the past two seasons.
- Consistently puts himself in the best possible position to make a play on the ball, which is an underrated quality in a receiver who lacks elite size.
- Began his career as a walk-on and showed consistent development, demonstrating that he's willing to put in the hard work necessary to continue to grow as a player.
- An intelligent athlete on and off the field, who excelled in the classroom and was a favorite among teammates and coaches.
- Extremely durable throughout his career.
- Lacks the overall build of an ideal possession receiver.
- He lacks the pure speed to consistently be effective as a receiver who will be giving up size and strength to many defensive backs.
- Struggles to fight through press coverage.
- Has the speed to go deep if he's given the space to simply run, but he can easily be slowed and pushed off his route with a jam at the line of scrimmage.
- Agility is impressive when he's on the move but his start-and-stop ability is just average—if he's thrown off his route, it takes an extra second for him to plant and regain momentum.
- Capable of playing on the outside at the next level, but will probably be more effective from the slot where he'll see less press coverage.
- Some teams may worry that he's already maxed out his ability—he's so polished in terms of fundamentals, it's tough to see where he has room to grow at the next level.
- Suffered a head injury during 2012 Oregon State game, forcing him to miss one game.
- Began his career as a walk-on.
- Won 2013 Burlsworth Trophy as nation's best player who started as a walk-on.
- Pulled out of Senior Bowl after suffering a hamstring injury.
- Redshirted as a true freshman and often played quarterback on the scout team.
- Played quarterback and defensive back in high school.
- Also competed in track and wrestling in high school.
- State champion in 300-meter hurdles in high school.
- Married since 2011.
Abbrederis is limited in his physical tools, which will likely cause some teams to dismiss him due to limited upside. However, it's tough to find another prospect in this class who gets more out of his skill set. Abbrederis' strength is his route running, which gives him the potential to immediately step onto the field as a role player in the offense. He will probably never develop into an elite weapon, but he has the tools to contribute as a second or third option.
Draft Projection: Third round