On the clock: NFL Draft Pick No. 25: New York Giants – Jordan Addison, Wide Receiver, USC
Mock Draft 1.0 – Zay Flowers, Wide Receiver, Boston College
The New York Giants gave a lot of money to quarterback Daniel Jones, so they need to surround him with as many receivers as possible. While the team brought back Darius Slayton, they were only able to bring in middling talents via free agency so an upgrade is definitely needed.
Jordan Addison is an intriguing prospect who’s been highly productive at the collegiate level. Addison had 100 receptions for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Pittsburgh Panthers before transferring to USC for 2022. While he didn’t have the eye-catching numbers of the previous year, he still had a good season for the Trojans with 59 receptions for 875 yards and eight touchdowns.
Addison was not able to complete the NFL Combine due to injury and the USC pro day was fine but not exceptional. As a result, his draft stock is very fluid and he seems to be firmly the fourth wide receiver now on the draft board.
Addison might have hurt himself both literally and figuratively at the combine, but there’s still a lot to like about him. He has excellent speed and route-running ability, and his ability to find the endzone with his 25 combined receiving touchdowns (he also had a rushing touchdown in 2021) has also been a big consideration in making him a first-round talent.
Addison is not exactly a tall or a strong receiver, but a smart team would be able to utilize his strengths and make him a good receiver in the pros.