View photos WR Jordan Addison being selected as the Vikings 2023 first round draft pick in Kansas City.
EAGAN, Minn. – Welcome to the Vikings, Jordan Addison.
Minnesota drafted the USC receiver with the 23rd overall pick Thursday night.
Listed at 5-foot-11 and 173 pounds, Addison totaled 59 catches for 875 yards (14.8 average) and eight receiving touchdowns in 11 games in his lone season at USC. He garnered First-Team All-Pac-12 honors.
Here are five things to know about the Vikings newest receiver:
1. Prolific with 2 programs
Addison played his first two seasons of college football at Pittsburgh.
As a freshman, he recorded 60 catches for 666 yards (11.1 average) and four touchdowns, all stats that led the team. Addison was named runner-up to the ACC Rookie of the Year, Notre Dame running back Kyren Williams.
Addison shined in 2021, racking up 100 catches for 1,593 yards (15.9 average) and an incredible 17 touchdowns. He received the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver. He was the first Pitt player to earn the honor since Larry Fitzgerald, Jr., did so in 2003.
Addison entered the transfer portal following his breakout season, going to USC for a single successful season before declaring for the NFL Draft.
2. Receiving a jersey blessing from Palmer
When Addison transferred from Pitt to USC he hoped to keep his No. 3 jersey.
But the Trojans retired it to honor former Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft who played 14 NFL seasons.
Addison received permission from Palmer for the Trojans to unretire the number.
Palmer agreed and posted a message saying Addison "promised to work his tail off and represent all that it means to be a Trojan, and that he'd be incredibly humbled to wear No. 3."
You can read more about that here.
Addison delivered with 59 receptions for 875 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games.
3. A former QB himself
Addison attended Tuscarora High School (Maryland) and played multiple positions: quarterback, defensive back and wide receiver.
He impressed across the board, making the 2019 Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 – a recognition for the best high school players.
Addison was just a 3-star prospect, though, when he finished his high school career.
4. From Frederick County
Addison shares a hometown (Frederick, Maryland) with Vikings Ring of Honor running back Chuck Foreman, whom Minnesota drafted 12th overall in 1973.
The Vikings selection of Addison interestingly is the first Frederick County product to be drafted in the first round since Foreman 50 years ago.
View photos of USC wide receiver Jordan Addison who was selected No. 23 overall in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
5. Wearing pink to go purple
Addison turned heads in Kansas City with his pink, flowery suit complete with a Benjamins-lined jacket.
Jeanna Kelley highlighted "winners" and "losers" in the fashion game for Round 1, and she was all-in on Addison's fit.
"Jordan Addison gets an infinite number of fire emojis from me for this one," Kelley wrote. "The pink is gorgeous, the cut is perfect, and the jacket lining? This man's about to secure that rookie deal bag, and he knows it. Everything about this suit is a win."