The Packers drafted University of Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis in the fifth round with No. 176 overall.
He becomes the first Badger to be drafted by Packers general manager Ted Thompson. The last Badger draft choice by the Packers was offensive lineman Bill Ferrario in 2001 by Ron Wolf.
Abbrederis could be used as a return man by the Packers, a definite need on the team after receiver Randall Cobb was relieved of those duties so he could put his focus on offense.
Abbrederis (6-1, 195) hails from Wautoma and was originally a walk-on for the Badgers.
Here is what's being said about Abbrederis:
Packers receivers coach Edgar Bennett
*I love his versatility. Can play inside and outside, can be a returner.
*He will add competition to the room, will make everyone better.
*He's a savvy route runner, he understands coverage, he understands how to beat leverage of defender. Extremely productive.
*Made most of opportunities. You see kid making plays.
*He walked on, that's been his mindset, having to earn it each and every day. We want all our guys to have that same mindset, when you want to prove it over and over again.
*We'll spend time with footwork, hand standpoint, to combat press coverage.
*We want to improve and get stronger. Not a finished product, will come in here and put to use all our resources.
*You see good quickness, getting in and out of his breaks, who can get separation.
*He shows ability to extend for ball, catch ball away from body. He can high point ball.
*Coming in from great program, he's familiar with our organization, history and tradition behind it. Coming from Wisconsin, it gives him familiarity.
Jared Abbrederis speaks
*Playing against Roby and Ohio State, that was big game for me, confidense wise. It gave me confidence I can play. I'm excited about opportunity.
*It's crazy right now, being walk-on at Wisconsin and being able to have dream of playing in NFL, and then being Packer, my team growing up. Excited to be part of organization.
*My sophomore year, when I got to play with Russell Wilson and Nick Toon, I became guy that contributed. That's when I thought I could actually play.
*I haven't had whole lot of conversation with Packers about returns, but I'll do whatever they ask.
*They've got a lot of great receivers. Competition brings best out of you. Play the best is how you get better. Excited to be part of that.
*I was in hometown of Wautoma at cabin during draft. Definitely stressful weekend, but a great ending.
*I don't really have too much pressure. I play to glorify God, that kind of takes away the stress. I can only do best I can.
*Just getting ready for this coming week, got a lot of work to do. Excited to get to work.
*Something I can work on is adding strength. I'll be in weight room, catching passes, in film room, doing whatever I can to do better.
*Last time at Lambeau, it was in high school, my sophomore year. That's a long time ago. I went to game with my family.
*That's going to definitely be exciting catching from one of best QBs in league. Great to be part of this team.
*Having Tolzien will help, somebody I know, he can give me pointers, excited to be his teammate.