It’s crazy to fathom that in his nine years as GM of the Green Bay Packers, Ted Thompson has not once selected a player from the Wisconsin Badgers. Maybe there just hasn’t been a good fit in the eyes of Thompson. It’s not like he’s doing anything wrong. Thompson has won a Super Bowl and the Packers are always a favorite for the NFC North title.
But you would surely think he would have picked at least one Badger with his 87 picks prior to the 2014 NFL Draft, right? Well he did not until this year’s draft when Thompson and the Packers selected WR Jared Abbrederis with the 176th overall pick in the fifth round.
And instantly Abbrederis will be a fan favorite.
Anyone who lives in the state of Wisconsin and follows the Badgers knows Abbrederis’ journey through the ranks in Madison. It’s an awesome story and one Badger fans are all too familiar with. Walk-on earns scholarship, has stellar collegiate career and gets drafted. Except this time the player gets drafted to the in-state NFL team.
I liked watching Abbrederis play at Wisconsin. He worked hard and left everything out on the field. I especially liked his game against the Ohio State Buckeyes last season when he torched Bradley Roby and the rest of the secondary for 10 catches, 207 yards and a touchdown. Roby remember was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos.
I’m happy the Packers selected Abbrederis, but the Minnesota Vikings fan in me is not too happy to see that pick. I have a feeling there might be a time or two when Abbrederis makes a spectacular play to burn my beloved Vikings. But that’s a discussion for another time.
Seeing reaction from Facebook, Twitter and talking to people and they are very excited to see what Abbrederis can do in the green and gold. Playing with Aaron Rodgers and learning from Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb will only help Abbrederis shine as a player. Plus drafting fellow WR Davante Adams from Fresno State will give Rodgers four weapons on the offensive end.
— Jared Abbrederis (@abbrecadabra) May 10, 2014
But receiver is not the only position I see Abbrederis playing. I imagine head coach Mike McCarthy will have him competing to be the team’s return man.
The journey to the NFL for the Wautoma, WI native has been interesting, but nothing this state isn’t familiar with. Jared grew up pretty much smack dab in between Madison and Green Bay, so it would be only fitting that Lambeau Field is where this journey has taken him.