Packers 2014 Roster Preview: Three Draft Picks Join Receiving Corps

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Packers added three receivers through the draft this past May. Each has the talent and opportunity to make the 53.

To prepare for training camp, we will be breaking down every player on the Green Bay Packers' 90-man roster in more detail, looking at contract terms and 2013 statistics, before we make our prediction for which players will make the 53-man roster at the end of training camp.

We move on from the returning receivers to break down the Packers' additions at the position. Most expected the team to add a receiver in the draft after James Jones departed for Oakland, but few were prepared for three picks: Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, and Jeff Janis.

#17 Davante Adams

6-1, 212 lbs
How acquired: second-round pick, 2014

2014 Contract Terms (signed through 2017)

Base salary: $420,000
Signing bonus: $1,180,656
Total compensation: $1,600,656
Salary cap hit: $715,164

2013 Statistics

Fresno State Bulldogs

13 games played, 13 starts
Receiving: 131 receptions for 1719 yards (13.1 avg.), 24 touchdowns
Returning: two punts for 16 yards (8.0 avg.)

The numbers speak for themselves. By leading all of college football in catches and receiving touchdowns (he missed a "triple crown" by a mere 11 receiving yards), Davante Adams helped keep Fresno State in the conversation for a BSC bowl throughout the season. His athleticism is unquestioned; Adams produced a 4.51 40-yard dash, a 6.82 3-cone drill, and 39.5" vertical during his combine and pro day workouts. Only a historically deep receiver class kept Adams out of the first round, a fortunate twist of fate for the Packers.

#84 Jared Abbrederis

6-1, 195 lbs
How acquired: fifth-round pick, 2014

2014 Contract Terms (signed through 2017)

Base salary: $420,000
Signing bonus: $144,560
Total compensation: $564,560
Salary cap hit: $456,140

2013 Statistics

Wisconsin Badgers

13 games played, 13 starts
Receiving: 78 catches for 1081 yards, seven touchdowns
Rushing: six carries for 119 yards (19.8 avg.) and two touchdowns
Returning: 11 punts for 94 yards (8.5 avg.)

A home-state favorite, Jared Abbrederis became the first Wisconsin Badger drafted during Ted Thompson's tenure as general manager. The Packers don't plan on leaning heavily on Abbrederis as a receiver during 2014, but he's a smart bet to handle return duty.

#83 Jeff Janis

6-3, 219 lbs
How acquired: seventh-round pick, 2014

2014 Contract Terms (signed through 2017)

Base salary: $420,000
Signing bonus: $51,392
Total compensation: $471,392
Salary cap hit: $432,848

2013 Statistics

Saginaw Valley State Cardinals

11 games played, 11 starts
Receiving: 83 catches for 1572 yards, 14 touchdowns

Jeff Janis' workout numbers are just as impressive as his production; he ran a 4.37 40, a 6.64 3-cone, and jumped 37.5" in the vertical leap. Janis is no one-year wonder either, as he produced a 106-catch, 1635-receiving-yard, 17-touchdown campaign in 2012. What limited his draft stock is the level of competition he played in college. If Janis acclimates to the NFL quickly, he'll have a shot at the final roster.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as a contributor at various publications. His work has previously appeared on Hook’em Headlines, Beats Per Minute, and Lombardi Ave.
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