PFF has apparently forgotten how great USC Football WR1 Jordan Addison is. They do not have Addison as the first Wide Receiver on their 2023 NFL Draft Big Board. They have him as just the No. 2 guy, behind TCU's Quentin Johnston. Perhaps Addison's knee injury, that has kept him out of two full games this year and parts of two more, have tainted their view of Addison's dominance.
And to be fair, Addison's numbers have dipped as a result of this injury. He went from putting up 100 catches for 1,593 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns last year, to 40 catches for 587 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns with only two regular season games left. Of course, though, Addison was dominating before the injury.
Before Addison went down to injury, he averaged 5.6 catches per game with 86.6 receiving yards per game and one receiving touchdown per game. Those numbers would equate to a 72 catch/1,125 receiving yard/17 receiving TD season from Addison this year.
Doing that in an offense that runs just as much as they pass, and has an army of other good wide receivers with Addison would be extraordinary. The only reason he hasn't done that, of course, is the injury.
Therefore, how is he not the best wide receiver entering the draft this upcoming year? Because apparently, Johnston is better despite having only five touchdown catches on the year (stats in this article are as of when this Big Board dropped).
Johnston has multiple less touchdown receptions than USC Football's Jordan Addison, despite Johnston not missing any games this year.
Johnston is also averaging 1.6 less catches and 15 less receiving yards than USC Football WR1 Jordan Addison did before his injury. And even with the injury, Johnston has less touchdowns, as aforementioned. How he could be the pick over a TD machine in Addison is blasphemous.
Keep in mind that again, Addison is putting up these numbers despite having a top 10 WR across from him in Mario Williams, and a top 14 running game in football (5.42 yards per carry). He's also putting up these numbers with SC also having other good playmakers outside besides even just Williams.
Heck, the No. 4(!) receiver for the Trojans (Tahj Washington) has 510 catches and four touchdown catches this year. When an offense has a receiver room as deep as that, putting up the numbers Addison has when healthy is unbelieveable. He won a Biletnikoff last year over SIX different receivers who were drafted in the FIRST ROUND of the 2022 NFL Draft (within the first 18 picks, too).
How anyone could question who he is as a receiver coming into this draft, after getting another year of experience after already being the Biletnikoff winner last year over six top 18 draft picks, is laughable. It's not like he hasn't performed this year via the eye test.
He's been the same deep threat who's also called on to be the possession receiver for this team at the same time. He's still found success in the end around game when his number's been called. He's reeled in a game-winner this year. He's been everything he needs to be and more. If the first team who drafts a receiver picks Johnston over Addison, that's their mistake.