Entering Monday, there were a number of players who were expected to be taken in the first round who had yet to declare for the 2023 NFL Draft. The deadline was January 16th and while it is not final, players do have 72 hours to change their minds, they have to make the initial decision by Monday.
One of those players was USC wide receiver Jordan Addison who certainly should be at the top of most teams’ draft boards who are in need of a wide receiver. On Monday, ESPN’s Jordan Reid tweeted that Addison was declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft.
Addison began at the University of Pittsburgh and played two seasons there. During that stretch, he had 160 receptions, 2,259 receiving yards, and 21 touchdowns with an incredible 2021 season with 100 receptions, 1,593 receiving yards, and 17 receiving touchdowns.
He would transfer to USC before the 2022 season and continue to play at a high level, finishing the season with 59 receptions, 875 receiving yards, and eight receiving touchdowns in only 11 games.
Jordan Addison shouldn’t have to wait long to hear his name called during the 2023 NFL Draft
Over the past few seasons, there have been a number of incredible wide receivers that have come out of college. Last year, it was Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, and George Pickens to just name a few who were able to make an immediate impact with their new team.
Jordan Addison has the same potential to make a similar impact with the experience he has gained at the collegiate level. He is one of the more refined players at his position and should be able to step in as a starter almost immediately depending on where he is drafted.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see a team like the Houston Texans, who have the second overall pick but also the 12th overall pick, look to add both a QB and WR with their top two picks and Jordan Addison would be a great player to pair with either Bryce Young or C.J. Stroud.