Jordan Addison’s draft stock remains stable after going to USC

This time last year, Jordan Addison had cemented himself as one of the best, if not the top, wide receiver in college football. Compiling 100 receptions, 1,593 yards, 17 touchdowns with the Biletnikoff Award would bring that kind of accolade, especially to a wide receiver in Pittsburgh. Panthers are fine But you’re dreaming if you think they’re in the elite of college football, or at any level near it. And with Transfer Portal, it’s never been easier for Edison to level up. non-under-the-table recruitment USC head coach Lincoln Riley happened to bring Addison to Los Angeles with a Hollywood red carpet NIL package to go along with it.

Edison’s NFL draft stock remains stable

Addison is now a little over three weeks away from hearing his name called during the first round of the NFL Draft. even if they are transferred Division-III Juniata, who went 0-10 in 2022 and gave up the most points on D-III’s winless squads, Addison will still be among the first 32 names called up to the pros. Statistically, his one season as a Trojan was not nearly as productive, making only 59 catches for 875 yards and eight touchdowns. Instead of king salmon in Edison’s bathtub, there was a bigger fish in the aquarium. His quarterback, Caleb Williams, Won the Heisman Trophy. The question remains, did moving from the East Coast to the West Coast really benefit Edison’s draft stock? If it does, it is clear that he has not made any draft boards.

Indifference to answer that question is a direct cause of Edison’s decline in production, oNot that This was expected given the increased focus of opponents on USC sharing the ball with other elite playmakers and taking it away. Defensive back talent in the Pac-12 is on par with the ACC, better than the Big 12 But not as good as the SEC or Big Ten. At 5-foot-11, 173 pounds, Addison’s size would have always made him more of a slot receiver at the next level, without affecting his draft stock. Everyone is looking for the next Tyreek Hill. And Addison is its best shot in this draft.

According to ESPN draft broadcastAddison is the second best wide receiver in the draft behind TCU’s Quentin Johnson, And is one of four expected to be selected in the first round – round out the group, along with Ohio State’s Jackson Smith-Njigba and Boston College’s Jay Flowers. Johnson’s rise was a big part of the Horned Frogs’ reach to the national title game. As a favorite target of Heisman finalist Max Duggan, he set Big 12 defenses on fire all year long. Smith-Njigba played alongside Marvin Harrison Jr. and still found ways to stand out, while Flowers was on a team that did not make a bowl game. College preference has an impact on draft stock, but it is likely to affect Addison the least of the top group of pass-catchers.

Does the move to the West matter?

The most underrated part of Addison’s move from Pitt to USC was that he took a chance. He probably would have dominated Heinz Field again and contested for Biletnikoff again. It would have seemed stable to him beyond 2022. Although. A huge drop in production doesn’t look attractive and NFL scouts should care. It’s not hard to imagine putting zero weighting on that factor. What he saw on tape at the NFL Combine, and how he fits into an NFL offense at workouts that will never fulfill his abilities, mattered more. And he was anointed as a prospect with the unspoken qualities that would make him a success in the NFL during the fall of 2021. And he’s done nothing to change that, only adding USC sexiness to his resume. I love Primanti Brothers. As much as anyone, but nowhere is as attractive as Pittsburgh.

15 on ESPN’s draft board is a precarious spot. Edison could rise to the top 10 or fall into the mid-20s. Both are well within reach. And that means he didn’t put himself in rarified air with his year at USC and becoming one of the highest-drafted wide receivers of the last several years, like Amari Cooper and Sammy Watkins. edison did nothing relay monitoring Threw him that bag. If anything, it’s a success that he didn’t stumble because a lot can go wrong in an 11-month period. If he’s still at No. 18, will Addison be paired with Jameson Williams and Amon-Ra St. Brown with the Lions? This looks like a trio that should vault Detroit back into the postseason.