This class is filled with talent and will bring great value to your dynasty squad for the foreseeable future. Dave Heilman (@DynastyDorks) and I (@FFBourbonDude) will discuss the following Wide Receivers, and if you’re interested in listening in to our initial pre-combine breakdowns, follow the links below.
Our pre-draft consensus rankings are as follows:
This write-up is about our consensus number-one Wide Receiver in the 2023 rookie class, Jordan Addison. So let’s get into it.
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Jordan Addison – NFL Rookie Draft and Dynasty Watch
Jordan Addison began his career with a great freshman season in Pittsburgh. He truly broke out in 2021 while winning the Biletnikoff award with 1,593 yards and 17 TD while catching balls from Kenny Pickett. He is a slightly undersized wide receiver with elite route-running prowess.
Height – 6’0″
Weight – 175 pounds
Jordan Addison put together three solid seasons at the wide receiver position. He has 219 career receptions for over 3,000 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns. He took a top-tier NIL deal to move to USC after winning the Biletnikoff award in 2021.
Likely the best hands in the class. He doesn’t let the ball get into his body. He also does well with off-target throws.
He really has various different moves to get a free release at the line of scrimmage, whether inside or outside.
Jordan Addison doesn’t have really any limitations in his route tree. He runs all kinds of different routes and does so extremely well. This and his release will make him extremely effective at the next level.
At least five defenders were in the area of Jordan Addison after making this catch, and he turned it into an explosive play.
His explosiveness and ability to change directions in a flash makes him dynamic after the catch. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/N7nqVkIy4Y
— WBG84 (@WBG84) January 20, 2023
Although we have seen some smaller receivers produce at the next level as of recently, he still lacks the true alpha size we would like to see.
The regression from 2021 to 2022 can be considered a red flag. He did move to a stiffer level of competition and an offense run by a Quarterback who distributed the ball.
Addison played a lot of ball in the slot. This could limit his upside based on volume in the NFL.