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 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.

35 Responses to “Abbrederis In The Third?”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Won’t need him if we get Sammy @ 7

  2. tbBuc Says:

    Joe, I just checked that mock draft from bob fox, might be one of the worst team mock drafts I have ever seen. Yawin Smallwood in the second round? he’s not getting drafted in the second round. 4th round or 5th round sounds more realistic. This idiot predicted who we are going to draft in the 4th round… LOL we dont even have a 4th round pick. He also gave us a 6th round pick, WE DON’T HAVE A SIXTH EITHER! A saftey in the 7th? highly doubt we draft any safteys at all, a pathetic mock draft.

  3. Andrew 1 Says:

    Abbrederis would be a solid pick in the third round. He is not spectacular in any way, but he is a good football player. Personally, I’m crossing my fingers that we get Jeremy Gallon from Michigan in the later rounds. He doesn’t get much love, but the kid is simply a natural, and definatly a play maker. I can see him being an excellent slot receiver for us. His 2013 stats- 89 receptions, 1373 yards, and 9 touchdowns. Please draft this guy.

  4. Bucfever40 Says:

    Tell us what you REALLY think tbBuc! lol Hey joe, since the Bucs changed their uniforms (including the font of their letters), any plans to redo joebucsfan website, like the Asian style font, and perhaps the colors? Just wonderin’.

  5. Macabee Says:

    Abbrederis is a valid choice for WR in the mid rounds. He has above average skills. But tbBuc is right, this is an atrocious mock that shows Bob Fox knows nothing at all about the Bucs! Matt Miller is the only Bleacher Report writer that I take seriously.


    You can never have too many good receivers.

  7. ruggyup Says:

    Some are all wet thinking if we get Sammy Watkins we’ll be all set at WR. Not so, nothing like quality depth especially in these days of the ACL plague and injury epidemics.

  8. DontBucNH8 Says:


    Exactly, Benn wasn’t a bad receiver, but two ACL tears later.

  9. lightningbuc Says:


    I’m sure it’s just coincidence that Joe reports on this guy’s mock draft and he has Manziel as the Bucs first pick.

  10. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I hope we get a work out warrior like abbrederis. He can be a very good slot wr in the nfl.

  11. Keith Says:

    Geez, tbbuc — It’s a “mock” draft. The receiver Joe’s talking about is probably going to be there, and that was the whole point.

  12. Destinjohnny Says:

    We can trade back and trade back and trade back and get so many solid players in rounds 2 3 and 4- if we can get two guards tight end a two recovers and have them all be contributors.

  13. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    Chris Borland is the Badger I want in a Bucs uni next yr

  14. Bob Fox Says:

    Thanks for the love, Joe. I guess tbBuc didn’t bother to read the first page of my mock draft story, where I have the Bucs trading down in the third round to get a fourth-round pick and also a sixth-round pick.

    Two years ago in another mock draft I did for B/R, I had the Bucs taking a running back named Doug Martin.

    I was also the only writer at B/R (including Matt Miller) who correctly had the Packers taking Datone Jones with the 26th pick in the first round last year.

  15. renobucsfan Says:

    Roby was playing hurt . He got hurt with 12 min on the clock in the 1st quarter .

  16. Kevin Says:

    Would be a great replacement for M. Williams, but not a starting number 2…which M. Williams is not. We need someone to step up and be a play maker. Whether it’s with speed or just raw power and height. We need someone bester than williams across from Jackson for this to work…I don’t know maybe those two tight end set’s will solve the problem with the guys we have. We’ll see

  17. RastaMon Says:

    don’t recall his name…but there is a smooth pass catching WR out of Vanderbilt…Quarles

  18. WalkdaPlank Says:

    I like that guy Jordan Matthews from Vandy. Dude was a stud in a mediocre club.

  19. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Mike Williams not a good No.2? Really don’t understand the hate for Mike. He has made spectacular and clutch catches. Played on a bad hammy last year. Was it because he was stabbed?

  20. Rrsrq Says:

    Mike Williams led the team in receptions and touchdowns his rookie year, his second year the whole team was bad, 3rd year only about 6 yards short of 1000 yards, was hurt last year and he was a fourth round pick, yet some Buc fans don’t think he is even a good 2nd receiver, smdh.

  21. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ RastaMon

    Are you thinking of Jordan Mathews? If you are, then I agree with you, the guy is smooth, and overall a good WR. He would make a nice number 2 WR. He also had a hell of season- 112 receptions, 1477 yards, and 7 TDs. The depth at WR in this draft is just amazing. I would be shocked if we didn’t draft at least one.

  22. tbBuc Says:

    To the guy who’s posing as Rob Fox…

    okay, you got me on the trade part, I didn’t read that.. BUT… he has us taking yawin smallwood in the SECOND ROUND, that right there makes it a pathetic mock draft.

  23. Architek Says:

    This is a bad draft especially taking a LB in the second with the needs on the OL and WR. That WR is cool but we need explosive players and the ones we have aren’t exactly that with Jackson and Williams.

  24. Bob Fox Says:

    tbBuc, you obviously haven’t talked to any scouts, have you? Listen, nobody loves Chris Borland more than I do. I’ve seen just about every game he’s played in at Wisconsin. I also know that both Chris Landry and Mike Mayock love him. And that says a lot. Even with all that, he wouldn’t be a good fit as a MLB for the Bucs because of the deep coverage you have to play at MLB in the Tampa 2. The best deep-cover MLB in the draft is C.J. Mosley. The Bucs won’t be able to get him, unless they trade back in the first round. I don’t see the Bucs doing that. But the Bucs will have a shot at Smallwood, who is the next best deep-cover guy at MLB in the draft.

  25. Architek Says:

    Rrsrq Says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 8:21 pm
    Mike Williams led the team in receptions and touchdowns his rookie year, his second year the whole team was bad, 3rd year only about 6 yards short of 1000 yards, was hurt last year and he was a fourth round pick, yet some Buc fans don’t think he is even a good 2nd receiver, smdh.

    No he’s just that a number 2 – nothing bad but definitely nothing exceptional. He’s cool good player to have – he’s cool. Not a consistent threat or scare to a defense or game changer. A lot of teams would have him for depth and that’s where we are with him now but after the draft and more signings I wouldn’t be surprised of him being released.

  26. tbBuc Says:

    LMAO SMALLWOOD RAN A 5.01 IN THE 40 !!!!!!

  27. lurker Says:

    tbuc, how does your foot taste?

    dang, people are quick to call names on this site.

  28. Mumbles Says:

    Bob Fox,

    You notice Joe did not chime in and come to your rescue. After getting crap on one shoe, you don’t think he’s going to risk getting it on the other shoe, do you?

  29. Bob Fox Says:

    Smallwood also hurt himself when he ran the 40, if you watched the combine on NFL Network. He has also ran a 4.76 in the past. As Mike Mayock said about his abilities, “the tape doesn’t lie.”

  30. tbBuc Says:

    Smallwood won’t get drafted till the very earliest 4th round. just wait and you’ll see.

  31. lurker Says:

    mark the tape, mark the tape.

  32. BigSombrero Says:

    Anyone down on Abbrederis hasn’t watched his tape. Forget the Ohio St game, just check any of them out.

    No better route runner in this class period. Abbrederis is an underrated athlete although not elite. Good hands and a technician at the wide receiver position.

    We land him in the third those that aren’t aware of him will jump on the band wagon soon enough. Going to be an instant impact for whichever team snatches him up.

  33. ForgotAboutDre Says:

    This is why we can’t have nice things. Not sure why so many of our fans have to be so dang negative.

  34. Owlykat Says:

    Abbrederis is a good route runner and can jump for the ball but lacks suddenness nor does he have great straight line speed. Most of his yards were the result of well executed play action just to get him open. Gallon barely makes the end of my draft report because he is so small and has middling speed. If we want him he likely will be just a free agent. So tell me what is wrong with making either Page or our Olympic Sprinter our slot receiver? Both can get behind the secondary as deep threats unlike Abbrederis or Gallon, and both can catch well and create quick separation with their speed and are tough players. They just need a little coaching on Tedford’s routes and they are ready to go!

  35. BoJim Says:

    ForgotAboutDre Said:

    “This is why we can’t have nice things. Not sure why so many of our fans have to be so dang negative.”

    Funny. Thanks.