Jordan Addison: 'I'm the best wide receiver' in 2023 NFL Draft
Jordan Addison is confidence personified. He was outstanding at Pittsburgh, a Biletnikoff winner. And he knew he could step up a level and still be the same kind of player, so he entered the transfer portal, endured all the ridicule that came with that decision, moved to USC, and tore up defenses as the primary target for the Heisman Trophy winner.
Now, Addison is off to the NFL. With Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba, he has competition for the title of “Best receiver in the class.” Boston College’s Zay Flowers and TCU’s Quentin Johnson have both seen their stock rise throughout the pre-draft process, providing even more receiver depth in the first round of next month’s draft.
Does Addison think he’s the best receiver in the group?
“I know I’m the best receiver in this draft,” he told reporters at USC’s Pro Day on Tuesday, per The LA Times’ Ryan Kartje.
Added the star wideout: “I can come into a new system and perform really well early. I can play any position on the field. I can run any route, intermediate, shallow, deep. Then, take away all football-related stuff, I’m just a great person.”
In three seasons, Addison posted 3,134 career receiving yards with 29 touchdowns. He broke out in 2021, putting up 1,593 yards and 17 scores for the Pitt Panthers. Last season, he produced 875 yards and eight scores while battling injuries that limited him to 11 games.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Addison ran a 4.15-second shuttle time and a 7.05-second three-cone time on Tuesday at USC’s Pro Day.
(All of the results announced by the Trojans were deemed unofficial. The event was held outside and rain significantly impacted both the event and the field.)
In Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft for ESPN, he has Addison slotted No. 25 overall to the New York Giants. Addison is Kiper’s fourth receiver off the board, behind the three names mentioned above.