Abberderis was drafted with the last pick of the 5th round. Something tells me that if he was viewed by people in the NFL as a better route runner than established vets like Lance Moore or Jerricho Cotchery, he'd have been picked a tad earlier.
Shawn i I know you like the guy, but c'mon.
Now, not on the highlights, the kid is not a great route runner yet, has some drops, and a history of maturity issues. He s not a sure thing. But, he has as much raw talent as just about any other WR to come out in the last three years.
1 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
2 Stephen Tuitt DE Notre Dame
3c Keith McGill CB Utah
4 Ross Cockrell CB Duke
5 Jordan Zumwalt ILB UCLA
5c Anton Exum S Va Tech
6 Trey Millard FB/TE Oklahoma
7 Cody Latimer WR Indiana
7c DeAnthony Thomas RB Oregon
The whole concept of tall WR's is highly overrated. A team can be just as successful in the passing game with a pair of 5'11 guys in the starting lineup and an even shorter guy playing in the slot. Ben just needs to STFU about his his decade-long mancrush on tall wideouts.
AB in the 6th round isn't a good comparison. Part of the reason AB wasn't activate his first year is because he didn't know the route tree that well. He was a raw talent. No one said a guy lasting until 5th rounder is terrible, they said it means he probably isn't a better route runner than Moore and Cotch at this point in his career.
All you had to do was say the guy is a good route runner... no need to be sensational about it.
Stop twisting my words.
Sure there are guys who get drafted late and become stars, but they are the exceptions to the rule. There's no harm in rooting for a guy because you like him, but the fact that you like him doesn't mean he's destined for greatness.