BIO: Led the team in receiving as a senior posting 51/616/5, also averaging 24.1 yards on 32 kick returns and 9.8 yards on 29 punt returns. All-American kick returner as a junior when he set five NCAA records and nine SEC records averaging 26.8 yards on 30 kick returns with two scores. Also averaged 15.1 yards on 36 punt returns, with four scores. Junior receiving totals included 40/569/4. All-conference selection as sophomore when he caught 66/741/9 after posting 40/413/3 as a freshman.
POSITIVES: Game-breaking return specialist also reliable catching the football. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, solid route runner and gets separation from defenders out of breaks. Extends or lays out in the middle of the field for the tough grab, looks the pass in and possesses soft hands. Contorts and high points the ball in mid-air then pulls it out of a crowd. Finds the open seam as a receiver or return specialist.
NEGATIVES: Has a small and slight frame. Slow getting off and not a pass-catcher that can take a pounding and hold onto the ball. Lacks the sudden speed.
ANALYSIS: While he does not pass the eyeball test, Abney has been a productive collegian that can fill several roles for an NFL team. His worth as a return specialist will give him plenty of playing opportunity as a rookie.