With the position already addressed in the second day, Ted Thompson didn't stop his quest to find quality receivers.
After taking Davante Adams in the middle of the second round, Thompson may have tipped his hat on how he's going to treat the coming free-agent wide receivers. The top receivers returning to the Green Bay Packers are Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Jarrett Boykin, all slated to hit the free agency market in 2015, at least at this time.
Immediately, Jared Abbrederis is more pro ready than Adams. Adams needs to polish his routes, whereas Abbrederis was one of the best in college football last season. The transition to the NFL game for a receiver can be greatly eased by his ability to learn the route tree quickly.
When first-rounders like Tavon Austin and Justin Blackmon put up little production early in their rookie years, but start to break out towards the end, there's a reason. They're "getting it" as far as routes go. Abbrederis already "has it."
It would not be surprising if Abbrederis was more productive, polished and, as a result, got more playing time than Davante Adams in 2014, potentially even contributing as the third receiver on the team. His peak, though, isn't as high as someone like Randall Cobb or Adams already on the roster, though.
In the end, Abbrederis likely is battling Adams and Boykin for position as the number three, four, or five receiver in camp for the 2014 season. It's not out of the question, though unlikely, that Abbrederis may be the number one or two option for Aaron Rodgers in 2015, should all of the free-agent wide receivers go elsewhere.
To ensure that the Packers had at least that, Ted Thompson made this home run selection with the last pick in the fifth round, a compensatory pick that came to Green Bay when the Indianapolis Colts signed linebacker Erik Walden to a $16 million contract.
Bleacher Report's Ryan McCrystal broke down Jared Abbrederis:
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.
While his assessment is sound, McCrystal valued Abbrederis as a third-round pick, which is where other scouts and analysts projected Abbrederis to go. But with the WR nearly slipping out of the fifth round, this selection ends up having monster value.
Once again, Ted Thompson has put himself into a place where he can make intelligent moves for the future towards the end of the draft, in contrast to other teams that were forced to fill needs.
While some may question Thompson's earlier picks, everyone can get on board with this one.