Vikings Select WR Jordan Addison with the No. 23 Overall Pick in the 2023 NFL Draft
After trading down from the 12th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings opted to stick-and-pick in 2023 with so many prospects available on the board. With that pick, the Vikings selected WR Jordan Addison.
Addison, a product of USC, played three years of college football, actually beginning his career at the University of Pittsburgh. He played two seasons in that program, accruing a total of 160 receptions, 2259 yards, and 21 TDs. In 2021, he finished fourth in the entire NCAA with 1579 receiving yards.
Then, after that ridiculous 2021 season, he transferred to USC, joining Lincoln Riley’s squad and playing alongside Caleb Williams, a presumed top QB prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft class. During that 2022 season, Addison caught 59 passes for 875 yards and 8 TDs.
There were a number of options on the board for the Vikings with this 23rd overall pick, including QB Will Levis, but in Addison, they get a guy that is one of the cleanest route runners in this entire class who can play either on the boundary or in the slot.
As a receiver, he is a willing blocker despite having a slighter frame, and despite struggling with drops early on in his career, his hands have turned into some of the most reliable in all of football. He had just two drops in 2022 on 79 targets.
Additionally, don’t sleep on his skillset with the special teams. Addison proved to be a very reliable punt returner over the course of his collegiate career, an area where the Vikings have been lacking over the past few years. He returned 12 punts for 185 yards during his final season at Pittsburgh in 2021 on top of everything he did offensively.
In all, this move should be viewed in a positive light for the Vikings because it adds another playmaker to Minnesota’s offense for the long term. All three of T.J. Hockenson, Justin Jefferson, and K.J. Osborn will be looking for new contracts very soon, and in all reality, there is a small likelihood of retaining all three. Instead, the Vikings lock up a new young receiver for the next 4-5 years.
Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.