kearly wrote:I like him a lot, but I never watched him play and thought "3rd rounder". If he goes that high, I say great, but guys like him go in the round 5-7 range every year.
He's a very similar player to the current version of Jermaine Kearse. We got Kearse in UDFA. I think Kearse's drop problem obviously played a big factor in him lasting so long. I think Abbrederis' pigment problem will probably hurt him in a similar way. White WRs are usually late round picks. There have been just a handful that have been drafted in the first three rounds in the last decade or so. No one will admit it, but race perceptions are still in play for a lot of GMs, at least for certain race-position combinations.
That said, if Seattle traded into the 3rd round and took Abbrederis there, I wouldn't complain. He's going to be a quality NFL WR on a cheap contract. And of course, he appeared to have immediate chemistry with Wilson at Wisconsin. To me, that kind of player is worth a 3rd round pick.
It's funny when things are so politically correct they nearly sound racist. I get what you mean though; and never considered his similarity to Kearse until now... size and ability to get stupidly open (at least at college).
I bet Russ gets a say, even if it's just Pete and John enquiring about him.
Quick question to anyone more ITK of the draft process than me (i.e. everyone)... what are the chances Pete and John watch college tape with Russ to get his opinion on potential draft targets?