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2014 NFL Draft Analysis: Packers Select Jared Abbrederis

The Packers took Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Here's some instant analysis.

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With the selection of Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis, the Packers bought themselves more insurance against losing Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Jarrett Boykin, all of which enter the final years of their respective deals. While it's unlikely the Packers allow their top receivers to walk, having Abbrederis and second-round pick Davante Adams on the roster creates leverage the team can use in their negotiations.

In the short term, the Packers again possess one of the league's deepest receiving corps. That's good news for Aaron Rodgers, and bad news for opposing defenses.

Better still, Abbrederis and Adams step into defined roles. Abbrederis can work the slot along with Cobb, creating a security blanket for Rodgers. Adams will do his damage on the boundaries, playing pitch and catch the way James Jones did in past seasons.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Hook'em Headlines. His work has previously appeared on Beats Per Minute, Lombardi Ave, and College Hoops Net.