BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors since his freshman campaign. Led the team in tackles last season despite struggling with an ankle injury all year. Numbers were 120/7/3, with one interception and three pass break-ups.
POSITIVES: High-energy defender who constantly makes positive plays. Physical, always works to get involved and plays with a great degree of intelligence. Displays terrific instincts and stands out in run defense. Remains disciplined, does not bite on ball fakes
NEGATIVES: Slow through the traffic and is easily blocked at the point. Displays marginal range to the sidelines and does not get great depth on drops.
ANALYSIS: A defender with a nonstop motor, Abbate does not possess the top size/speed numbers, but compares favorably to All-Pro Zach Thomas based on his combination of intelligence and effort. Will be underdrafted, yet offers a lot of potential at the next level.