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Abbrederis anxious to hear name called in NFL Draft

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MADISON (WKOW) - No matter how hard it may be to train to become an NFL player, Jared Abbrederis won't complain.

"It's definitely a grind but these are the days that make you better," Abbrederis said.

Abbrederis and all the other prospects for 2014 NFL Draft have had more time to train while waiting for the Draft than the classes before them. This is the first year the Draft will take place in May, so players have had even more time to wait around.

At Wisconsin, the gym has been filled in recent weeks with former Badgers hoping to make the leap to the next level. Among them is Abbrederis, who is trying to shake off some criticism he faced for his weight lifting at the NFL Combine.

"[He] needs to get stronger and more physical. He struggles when he has to contest, go up on contested throws and DBs are there, muscling him around," ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay said.

"I didn't really have a good performance there, obviously I'm not the strongest receiver out there, but I just didn't have my best performance. I'm not really worried about that, obviously you'd like to keep bulking up and get stronger, but especially at receiver it's all about the speed and the hands and what you do on the field," Abbrederis said.

In four seasons on the field at Wisconsin, only Lee Evans topped Abbrederis in career receiving yards and touchdowns. The film shows he can play the game and that's what Abbrederis can't wait to do once again, as he works out and waits for Draft Weekend (May 8-10).

"It's been a long process so I'm just excited to get it done with and start playing football again," Abbrederis said.
"It's been a long job interview you could say. I'm excited to know where I'm going to be."

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