A former walk-on, Jared Abbrederis came on strong at Wisconsin over his final two seasons, leading the team in receptions both years and wrapping up his college career with over 200 receptions, 3,000+ receiving yards and 23 touchdowns.

Some will say Abbrederis is “sneaky” quick or “deceptively” fast. They’re sugar coating it. While not an insanely explosive athlete, he’s just simply a fast wide receiver. With that said, there’s more than just his speed to Abbrederis’ game. Let’s break down his strengths and weaknesses and assess where he might go in the 2014 NFL Draft:

Measurements

College: Wisconsin

Position: WR

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 190 lbs

Hands: n/a

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Strengths

  • He’s fast. Plain and simple.
  • Fairly quick in the open field
  • Very nice route-runner. Clean in his cuts and doesn’t round routes off
  • Utilizes fakes and hesitation beautifully
  • Understanding of routes and timing helps him create ideal separation
  • Hands are extremely reliable
  • Tracks the ball very well and can adjust on the fly to take proper angle on ball
  • Is a solid deep ball receiver
  • Has the size and leaping ability to win jump balls
  • Displays excellent vision in the open field
  • Hips are very fluid, has a nice wiggle to him
  • Follows blocks very well, doesn’t dance too much and properly utilizes his cuts
  • Does a good job putting himself between the defender and the ball
  • Fights for the ball and comes back to the ball consistently

Weaknesses

  • Slight frame, needs to add some bulk
  • Could get stronger in general
  • Pretty good athlete, but not really elite at the next level
  • Production was only moderate at college level
  • May struggle against press coverage initially at next level

Summary

Despite what some will say about Abbrederis, he’s actually a heck of a talent for the NFL level. He’s not going to be a stud #1 wide receiver for anyone, but he has the natural talent and skills to be a very solid #2. He’s fast, has sure hands, runs great routes and even can make some plays. Add his his versatility as a return man, and there’s little not to love. That being said, he’s not an elite athlete at the next level, so he’s not a first round pick. A team could fall in love with just how flat-out solid he is and pick him as high as round two, however.

Draft Range: 2nd-3rd round

NFL Player Comparison: Eric Decker

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