Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has finally drafted a Badger.
Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Jared Abbrederis was taken by the Packers with their second pick in the fifth round at No. 176 overall.
Thompson has been on the job in Green Bay since 2005, but had never taken a player from Madison in the draft until now.
It’s likely that Abbrederis will get an opportunity in the return game—he had a career 10.7-yard-per-return average on punt returns at Wisconsin, returning one for a touchdown. He had a 25.8-yard average on 31 career kickoff returns.
Last season, he had 78 catches for 1,081 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Wautoma High School graduate was a former walk-on at Wisconsin who earned a scholarship in January 2012 and had 202 career receptions for 23 touchdowns.
He was the 2013 Burlsworth Trophy winner as the nation’s top player who began his career as a walk-on, so he understands beating the odds.
According to Scouts Inc., Abbrederis can make the tough catches in traffic, but doesn’t use his hands enough and lacks a second gear after the catch or when tracking deep balls.
At the combine, he showed quickness, posting above-average times in the short shuttle and three-cone drills.
In all, a solid pick at the end of the fifth round and Abbrederis is a guy who should be able to compete for a roster spot as a special teamer as he develops his receiving skills.