Jordan Addison Complete NFL Draft Profile (Versatility Paints Addison as Dynamic NFL Slot Option)
By Larry Rupp
USC wide receiver Jordan Addison is eligible for the 2023 NFL Draft following his standout season in 2022. An electric playmaker with a knack for finding the end zone, Addison has the skill set to be an immediate threat at the NFL level and could hear his name called as early as the first round in April.
Here's everything you need to know about Jordan Addison heading into the 2023 NFL Draft.
Jordan Addison Draft Stock & Mock Draft Projections
Pro Football Network
Los Angeles Chargers
Mock draft sources accurate as of 4/12: Walter Football, Sporting News, Draft Tek, Pro Football Network, Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, ESPN.
Projected Draft Round: Round 1 (6), Round 2 (1)
Projected Team: Vikings (3), Bills (1), Chargers (1), Texans (1), Colts (1)
Jordan Addison Scouting Report
Addison wasted no time making an impact in the passing attack once he stepped foot on campus at Pittsburgh in 2020. He led the Panthers in receiving (666 yards on 60 receptions), but took things to another level in 2021. That was when he dominated as the No. 1 target for quarterback Kenny Pickett.
The Maryland native ended his sophomore season with an impressive 1,649 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns on 107 touches. He won the Biletnikoff award as the nation's top WR before transferring to USC, where he logged 875 yards and 8 touchdowns on 59 receptions in 2022.
What sticks out about Addison at the WR position is what he does before the ball is in his hands. He attacks routes with conviction and uses timing as well as altered paces to confuse defenders. Once he accelerates into his break, it is too late for Addison's opponent to catch up and he is wide open.
Addison's size brings about concern (5-foot-11 and 173 pounds), as he may only thrive in offenses that regularly work in screen plays and deep passes. He's not someone who bullies defenders to get open in the middle of the field. Nevertheless, he has a skill set that translates well to the next level.
Jordan Addison NFL Draft Prediction
Not only does Addison have the speed to burn defenders deep, but he also has plucky hands that can rip balls away from defenders on short passing plays. He rarely fumbled during his college career, which goes to show he knows the importance of tucking the ball in before making a move in the open field.
All signs point to Addison being a shifty and versatile slot receiver in the NFL, which is exactly what a team like the Minnesota Vikings are missing on their offense. Adam Thielen was lost to free agency, which leaves players like K.J. Osborn and Jalen Reagor as the top options behind Justin Jefferson.
Addison is slated to visit Minnesota as part of his pre-draft schedule and the team does own the No. 23 overall pick. It's a logical pairing, but the Vikings may be forced to trade up a few spots to avoid having a team like the Los Angeles Chargers snipe them. Addison's stock is rising at the moment.
Prediction: Minnesota Vikings (Round 1, 23rd overall)
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