The beloved-Badger is staying home!
With the 176th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers have selected former-Badger wide receiver Jared Abbrederis.
Rejoice Badgers fans who also rest their fandom with the in-state professional team; the Green Bay Packers. Ted Thompson, the Packers’ GM, has finally selected his first Badger since taking over the team’s drafting responsibilities. And most Wisconsin fans could not be happier.
Abbrederis will become a Packer with a chance to make it into their often-used five wide receiver formations as a rookie because of his precise route running. Although, playing time is never guaranteed to a rookie but he’ll have a chance to prove his worth over the summer. I believe Abbrederis will perform at the professional level like he did for the Badgers. Thus, he’ll have no problem finding himself on the field catching passes from Aaron Rodgers on Sundays in 2014. He’s a proven reliable pass-catcher and was Wisconsin’s main deep threat for three years. He measures up well as a possession-type NFL wide receiver and that should serve him well.
The Packers are getting a fan-favorite Badger and a player who made huge plays while in Madison seemingly every game. Some compare Abbrederis’ style of play to that of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson — his new teammate. If he can perform like Nelson, the Packers are in for a real treat of a player. He’s hardworking and humble; you can’t ask for too much more of a twenty-three year old kid.
Abbrederis slipped in the draft due to an ongoing hamstring injury and I’m sure his concussion problems in his senior season didn’t help either. But the Packers pulled the trigger on him and this fan of the Packers and Badgers couldn’t be smiling wider. Abbrederis has a real chance at beating out current Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin for the fourth spot on the depth chart. How exciting that would be for the young man and for the Badgers fans who adored him.
“That be awesome to play for the Packers, I’ve been a fan ever since [I was] growing up as a little kid, growing up in Wisconsin,” Abbrederis said prior to the draft.
Well, he got his wish.
We at Badger of Honor want to congratulate Abbrederis and wish him success at the next level. May he represent Wisconsin well for years to come in the with the Packers and in the NFL.
Check out Badger of Honor’s Mock Draft for more information on the other former-Badgers who may or may not be drafted this weekend.