Jordan Addison (WR) – USC/JR.
6’0”, 175.0 Lbs. (Unofficial)
2022 Stats: 11 games, 59 receptions, 875 receiving yards, 14.8 yards per reception, 8 receiving touchdowns (all stats including bowl game)
Awards: 2021 Biletnikoff winner; 2021 Consensus All-America
Measurables: (AVAILABLE POST COMBINE/PRO DAY)
Games Watched: [Joe Knows] Virginia 2021; Michigan St. 2021 (bowl game); 2022 @ Stanford. [Coach Schepps] 2021 vs. Virginia Tech; 2022 vs. Utah
JOE KNOWS: Addison is best known for his route running, but he is advanced in WR skills such as head fakes, speed adjustment, hip sink, and sudden cuts to throw defenders off or make them commit early. Combine this with speed that makes him dangerous after the catch and what you get is big plays. He tracks the ball well and has good body control to adjust for off-target passes from QBs. He is best out of the slot but he is a deep threat from there, and can take it to the house on any play. Watch his game tape and you’ll see that he is often well behind the secondary when the ball gets to him. He put up an absolute monster year in ’21 (at Pitt) with 100 receptions/1,593 yards, 17 TDs. He is also effective on special teams, as he had 12 punt returns for 185 yards in ‘21.
COACH SCHEPPS: Offensive weapon, I like how USC utilized him in reverses & tunnel screens. Gives defensive backs fits when they’re playing off coverage, creates separation with quickness and overall route running prowess. May have the best combination of quickness, timing and separation creating moves of the WRs I’ve watched in this class. When Addison is given space after the catch, he’s capable of hitting top speed quickly, getting small through creases and wasting no movement when heading towards the end zone. Great hands, natural snatcher of the football.
JOE KNOWS: Size (in terms of girth). In my view, he should be in discussions as a late 1st round pick but his 175 lbs. may drop him to the 2nd. Also, he is quick and shifty, but not too fast, so he’ll be limited mostly to the slot (but I think has enough to play some on the outside). He’s not physical and does not break tackles. While physical corners give him a hard time when pressing him at the line, he is not afraid to go up for a catch in the middle of the field. Do not expect too much success in run blocking.
COACH SCHEPPS: The measurements I have pre combine state he is 175 lbs, I wouldn’t be shocked if he came in lighter than that. Struggled with the physicality of Clark Phillips when lined up on the LOS facing Utah. Addison played with Pickett and Caleb Williams, doesn’t have much experience with poor QB play, you may not consider this a con but it’s something to consider.
JOE KNOWS: Addison was a transfer from Pitt and 2022 was his first year at USC. Addison projects best as a slot WR in the NFL, but a darn good one at that while probably being savvy, skilled, and just fast enough to eventually play outside as well. His ability as a punt returner adds to his value as a high pick. His college production is undeniable. Don’t be completely turned off by his drop in production in 2022 – it wasn’t a lack of skills, but because he was surrounded by other very good weapons/options on that USC offense which he did not have to compete with at Pitt.
Addison is already loving life in Los Angeles as he signed a name, image, and likeness deal with United Airlines for a new marketing campaign for that company. If he falls to the 2nd round because of his size and strength is being in the slot, then that team will get a steal. He is very fun to watch, and brings top notch production as both a slot WR and in the return game.
COACH SCHEPPS: In a class filled with talented slot receivers, Addison stands out with his ability to run high level routes, extend for the football outside of his body and gain chunk yardage after the catch. Teams are going to want to leave him in the slot and keep him off of the LOS so that he can avoid press coverage from physical corners. Addison’s resume is loaded (2021 All-American & Biletnikoff award winner).
Updated: @JoeJ_Clark, 02/15/23
Added: @coachschepps, 02/14/23