The Green Bay Packers, in their continuing hurry to sign all of their 2014 draft picks, have agreed to terms on contracts with WR Jared Abbrederis and Center Corey Linsley, team GM Ted Thompson announced last night.
The pair of new Packers both products of the Big Ten from Wisconsin and Ohio State, respectively, were each taken by Green Bay in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
During their time at those Big Ten schools, each put up pretty good numbers, as Abbrederis collected 202 receptions for 3,140 yards and Linsley helped the Buckeyes break multiple school records with 87 touchdowns and 637 points last season.
Later on at the combine, the two continued to impress. Linsley, a 296 lb, 6’3″ Offensive Lineman, reached 27 inches on the vertical jump, while Abbrederis ran the 40 yard Dash in just 4.50 seconds.
Interestingly, Abbrederis is the first Badger to be taken by the Packers since 2001, when OL Bill Ferrario was drafted in the fourth round. The four-year college star is also the first Wisconsin rookie to head up to Green Bay under Ted Thompson. He will have a chance to earn a spot of the team as a backup receiver and also could contribute as a returner.
Linsley is also an intriguing players, who is well known for his ability to control rushing defenders. He will have a chance to compete for the starting center position in training camp with J.C. Tretter.