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Abbrederis was steady and productive at Wisconsin and turned in his best season in 2013, catching 78 passes for 1,081 yards and seven touchdowns and rushing six times for 119 yards with two scores. A versatile athlete, he played quarterback and defensive back in high school, wrestled and was also a top track athlete. Abbrederis also excelled at punt and kick returns in college, bringing back 55 punts for 587 yards and a score while averaging 25.8 yards on 31 kickoffs. He brings good football instincts and awareness to his position, having been a high school quarterback, and runs routes well and can fool defensive backs on patterns. The three-year starter has an outstanding work ethic and is very coachable. He turned in his most impressive performance of the season against star Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby, catching 10 passes for 207 yards and a TD in a 31-24 road loss Sept. 28. Though Abbrederis could be a steal in the lower rounds as a productive slot receiver, his injury history could give many teams pause. He has had several concussions as well as other health issues, such as a hamstring problem that kept him out of the Senior Bowl and a broken foot in 2011. Abbrederis is not blessed with great speed and isn't elusive, and he didn't excel at the combine, recording only four reps in the bench press - fewest of all players. Abbrederis, though, went from walk-on to No. 1 receiver with the Badgers - he won the Burlsworth Trophy last year as the nation's best player to begin his career as a walk-on - and that determination may be his biggest asset as he tries to take yet another step. He could prove to be a good value pick lower in the draft if potential employers aren't scared off by his injury history.