The story of Jared Abbrederis starts in a very unspectacular fashion. In 2009, Jared was a redshirt, walk-on QB. He was thrown on the scout team, but showed a great work-ethic, and willingness to learn new positions. The coaches realized right away that they had a very smart, and athletic guy on their hands. By his sophomore year, Abbrederis has worked his way onto the team as a punt returner/backup receiver. Even with only two starts to his name, Jared was able to become the number two TD producer on the team
2011 was the year Jared exploded. With more playing time, came a lot more production. At this point, the coaches knew they had a special receiver at their disposal. In his first year as a starter, Jared amassed 933 receiving yards, (which led the team) fifth-most in school history and most by a sophomore. The next two years, Jared stayed pretty consistent with his production. He did continue to hone his skills, and has become one of the better receivers in the draft this year.
Projected 40: 4.45
Jared Abbrederis is a very technically sound receiver. Jared's QB background, has helped him tremendously with the understanding of routs. He is truly a QB's best friend. He knows when to sit on a rout, and he knows where the gaps are in between the zones. Even if Jared didn't have 4.45 speed, he would still be able to get open. His speed only enhances his potential. These qualities I mentioned would make Abbrederis a great slot receiver, but his his hands, and downfield ability, means he can line up anywhere. Being 6'1" doesn't make him seem too imposing at first glance, but he knows how to go up and get the ball. He displays his big play potential on a regular basis.
Jared desperately needs to get himself into an NFL weight lifting program. He does not have the ideal frame that would look for in a primary receiver. He has been known to get nicked up. He has been known to play through the injuries, but the fact that he constantly is injured, can hurt his stock. Jared also had the misfortune to play for one of the most run dominant teams in the college football. This hurt his production mightily.
I am very much willing to look past his body type, injuries and production. Jared is undoubtedly one of the most polished receivers in the draft. For the Jets, Jared can become a reliable target for Geno, or whoever our QB is. The combination of him and Kerley, will give our QB multiple receiving threats that know how to get open. His shortcomings will probably be exaggerated by scouts, which means he might drop in this talent filled draft. Right now, I have Jared going in the 3rd round, but a great performance tomorrow, can really boost his stock. If we want to double dip at WR, I would love to grab Abbrederis. There have been reports all week from the Senior Bowl that Abbrederis is becoming the favorite target for all his QBs. Tune in tomorrow to see him in action