2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jordan Addison

  • Jordan Addison, 5-11/173

  • Wide Receiver

  • USC

  • Jordan Addison Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Dangerous playmaker
  • Threat to score and rip off long gains on any touch
  • Superb hands
  • Natural hands catcher
  • Smooth route-runner
  • Has a burst out of his breaks
  • Consistently generates separation
  • Sudden
  • Challenges a defense vertically
  • Finds soft spots in zone
  • Superb on double moves
  • Speed to go vertical
  • Tough and competitive
  • Tracks the ball well
  • Excellent on 50-50 passes for a small receiver
  • Impressive catch radius for a smaller wideout

  • Weaknesses:
  • Undersized
  • Scary thin; only 173 pounds
  • A little short
  • Could have problems with long NFL corners
  • Could be limited to being a slot receiver
  • Could have a hard time getting off contact
  • Needs to get stronger

  • Summary: Addison spent 2022 at USC after two excellent years with Pittsburgh. For the Panther, Addison made his debut in 2020, catching 60 passes for 666 yards with four touchdowns. In 2021, Addison was one of the best receivers in college football as the No. 1 target for quarterback Kenny Pickett. Addison snatched 100 passes for 1,593 yards with 17 touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown.

    With Pickett moving on to the NFL, Addison transferred to USC, where he teamed up with star sophomore quarterback Caleb Williams, who ended up winning the Heisman Trophy. In 2022, Addison recorded 59 receptions for 875 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games. He missed some time with injuries.

    The first trait that stands out about Addison is his route-running. He is a smooth route-runner with quick feet who does not take extra steps rounding off cuts. Addison shows some juice out of the break to dart past defenders to gain separation. The shifty athleticism translates to Addison being a nice yards-after-the-catch receiver. He is a slippery runner who spins and cuts his way through the secondary to pick up yardage. While he isn’t big, Addison shows some toughness to fight and finish runs well.

    Addison shows some natural ability and polish as well by tracking the ball well down the field. He is reliable at catching the ball and has late hands to not tip off defenders of passes that are coming in over their heads. With his skill set, Addison could profile nicely as a slot receiver in the NFL.

    Addison may end up being limited to the slot because he is thin of frame and underweight. It would help him to add strength, but getting off jams and fighting off bigger cornerbacks could be a problem for him in the NFL. While Addison is quick, he does not look like a game breaker in terms of speed. Addison looks more similar to, say, Jahan Dotson and not is not overly fast like a Jameson Williams or Garrett Wilson.

    In the 2023 NFL Draft, Addison has a wide range of where he could go in the first round. Some team sources said they think he could sneak into the top 10, while others think he will go in the 20s.

    Player Comparison: T.Y. Hilton Hilton (5-9, 183) and Addison are very similar in size with both being dangerous speed receivers. Hilton was a quick route-runner who would get open and demonstrate reliable hands. In the NFL, I think Addison could be similar player to Hilton.


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