One of the Senior Bowl's most consistently impressive wide receivers was Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis. Abbrederis was the Badgers' leading receiver the past three seasons and was the big play element used to stretch Big Ten defenses vertically. He had 78 catches for 1,081 yards with seven touchdowns in 2013.
Abbrederis showed his quickness and route-running in Mobile by consistently gaining separation from defensive backs. Abbrederis may not go in the first two rounds, but he could be a value pick that becomes a weapon as a slot receiver and returner in the NFL.
WalterFootball.com caught up with Abbrederis to discuss his Senior Bowl experience and the draft process.
How has it been working with the Falcons' staff?
"It's been good. I think for the staff its hard for them to coach up your game because they're trying to make sure you know the plays and making sure you get depth. I think that's the biggest thing, getting depth and knowing where you're supposed to be. So that's been the main coaching points that they've given."
Your route running, quickness and hands led to your production in college; are those the attributes that teams are telling you have them excited?
"Definitely. Those are my strengths. I think along with that is knowledge of the game, understanding coverages, knowing where to be at the right spot at the right time. Things like that. That's been the feedback, but you still have to keep working on your craft. You can't be complacent."
You've been doing lots of special teams work in practice. Is that something you're looking to do in the NFL?
"I love doing punt returns. That's my favorite. If I get a chance to that I'll take advantage of that. Special teams is really important and a third of the game, so you have to be willing to do that and I'd be excited to contribute there as well."
Your program and offense has sent a lot of teammates to the NFL in Russell Wilson, Montee Ball, Nick Toon, Peter Konz. Have you sought them out for some advice for the draft process?
"Yeah I talked to Nick the other day. I talked to Bradie Ewing a lot as well. Those guys are giving me some feedback and things to be aware of and just to enjoy the process. It's been good to have guys who've been there before and done it."
Who are some of the teams you've met with here in Mobile?
"I feel like I've met with everyone. I can't name one team that I didn't."
Are there any teams that stick out as showing more interest than others?
"I couldn't say at this point. It's hard to tell."
I'm sure it's because your "NFL Matches" section is just the usual copy/pasta from other scouting report articles, but I literally spit out my drink reading you suggest Mixon as a fit for the Ravens. Zero chance that happens lol.
Here we are 10 days away from the big draft. Last year at this time the big trades were happening. Fantasy Football junkie so I love the draft. Had a few thoughts on the top 6 players from the 2016 draft ( was cool how they actually panned out ) so I thought I`d do it again this year. Went with 12 players this year.
Most intriguing ?? Watson-Trubisky-Mahomes & Kizer... Once again , just like last year, the QB position has the most questions and interest.
Safest picks? Garrett-Thomas-Adams-Barnett all look NFL ready.
Most athletic? Peppers-Samuel-Melifonwu-Ross... GARRETT
Just wow on how deep this draft class is. Best in decades.