Vikings Scored a Touchdown by Drafting Jordan Addison

2023 NFL Draft - Round 1
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Jordan Addison is the newest member of the Minnesota Vikings family. The 20-year-old wide receiver out of USC Trojans will join a franchise that’s getting better. Minnesota is in good hands with Jordan Addison. In 2022, Addison was First-team All-PAC-12.

Before transferring to USC, Addison played for the University of Pittsburgh for two years. In his 2021 season, he was outstanding with the program. Addison earned consensus All-America status, the first sophomore to achieve that stature since Larry Fitzgerald in 2003. He also earned first-team All-American by four of the NCAA-recognized five selectors: Addison was named first-team All-ACC as a receiver and third team All-ACC in the all-purpose category.

Addison finished 2021 with 1,593 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns on 100 receptions, a record in Pittsburgh’s program history. He did this in 14 games. In 2022 with the USC Trojans, he had 875 yards on 58 receptions and eight touchdowns through 14 games.

During his time with Pittsburgh, he caught a lot of catches down the field. When he was with USC, they mostly used him in slots. Minnesota hit a home run by drafting him. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins can throw the ball down the field and can throw for many years. Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, and Jordan Addison could be a solid trio for this offense.

We could see a formidable Wide Receiver duo between him and Justin Jefferson. I don’t think it’s blasphemy. It could happen. Justin Jefferson was the 2022 AP Offensive Player of the Year. Addison may be a smaller receiver than Jefferson, but this game is about heart and grit. If he can bring those tools to the team, they will be dangerous. It will be fascinating to watch how this offense will work out.

Could Jordan Addison reach 1,000 receiving yards at some point in his career? There’s a possibility that could happen as long as the head coach uses his right, and his chemistry with Kirk Cousins also needs to work. I expect him to have a slow start to his rookie season, but in his sophomore year, he will start thriving in the Vikings system.