Jared Abbrederis, WR/PR, Wisconsin


Packers, Round 5. Of the receivers left on my board at the time he was drafted, he was fourth. So, as usual, the Packers get good value whenever they draft. His concussion history is a little scary, but he’ll be a solid addition to a WR corps that already has Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, and Jarrett Boykin. Don’t expect huge numbers from him, but don’t be surprised if they come his way when pressed into duty. He won’t see the field until 2015, though, since he was put on IR with a torn ACL in August 2014.

All-Star Games: Senior Bowl.

Positives: Above-average height and hand size. Adequate bulk for the position. Above-average speed and acceleration. Above-average lateral quickness and ability to change directions. Reliable hands and can extend and snag fast passes away from his frame at times, though he does let too many get to his body. Good concentration on tipped passes and can also catch the ball when a big hit is coming. Above-average routes with crisp double moves. Above-average quickness and fairly elusive as a punt-returner. Is effective in the open field. Above-average balance after contact, and is able to keep his feet for yards after the catch. Reliable hands fielding punts in traffic. Improved decision-making on punt returns in his senior season. Willing and adequate downfield run blocker.

Negatives: Very weak upper body. Poor vertical leap. Lets too many passes get to his body. Suspect balance making cuts and runs a little out of control. Suspect punt-return fielding decisions at times and will try to return punts in heavy traffic instead of fair-catching them. Has an injury history, especially with concussions — he’s had up to four concussions. Also injured his hamstring late in the week in Senior Bowl practices and didn’t play in the game. Suspect tracking over his outside shoulder.

Projection: Worth holding onto in deep dynasty leagues. I have eventual WR2 value placed on him in this offense.

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