Abbrederis In The Third?March 30th, 2014
When Joe wants an intelligent opinion on Wisconsin sports, Joe doesn’t hesitate to turn to all-things-Wisconsin writer Bob Fox.
Fox is a Tampa Bay local who is all over Wisconsin sports for various publications, almost like Sidney Moncrief swallowing up ball handlers, or George Scott inhaling balls in the dirt. Joe wouldn’t even be shocked if Fox has Harlan Huckleby on speed dial.
So Joe finds it noteworthy to share Fox’s recent seven-round Buccaneers mock draft for BleacherReport.com. He’s got the Bucs selecting Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis in the third round.
Abbrederis had a great career at Wisconsin (202 receptions for 3,140 yards and 23 touchdowns), but if you want to watch just one tape, watch the Wisconsin-Ohio State game from earlier in 2013. Abbrederis went up against one of the top comebacks in this year’s draft class, Bradley Roby, and he just dominated the Buckeye throughout the game.
Abbrederis had 10 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown in that contest.
Also noted by Fox is that Chris Landry, the FOX Sports analyst and former NFL scout, says Abbrederis is one of up to 18 receivers in the draft that could become legitimate NFL starters. That’s how deep the 2014 receiver class is alleged to be.
Abbrederis is a nice story. The young man went from walk-on to No. 1 receiver at Wisconsin. He stands 6-1, 195 with 4.5 speed in the 40 yard dash. The guy’s widely considered a workaholic and a superior athlete.
Joe can’t jump up and down to draft Abbrederis, and Joe would prefer a more of a speed threat if the Bucs draft a wideout, but Abbrederis is a great example of the quality of receiver the Bucs could score in the third round.