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Vikings Draft USC Wide Receiver Jordan Addison with 23rd Overall Pick


EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings selected USC wide receiver Jordan Addison with the 23rd overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft on 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.

A Frederick, Maryland native, Addison shares a hometown with Vikings Ring of Honor running back Chuck Foreman, a first-round pick in 1973. He became the first player from Frederick County to be selected in the first round since Foreman.

Addison began his college career at Pittsburgh, where he totaled 160 receptions for 2,259 yards and 21 touchdowns from 2020-21. That included a whopping 100 catches for 1,593 yards and 17 scores (tied for first in FBS) in 2021 when he won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver.

View photos of USC wide receiver Jordan Addison who was selected No. 23 overall in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah ranked Addison as his No. 13 overall prospect in the draft.

Jeremiah and The Athletic's Dane Brugler both ranked Addison as the top receiver in this year's class. ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr., ranked him third; NFL Media's Bucky Brooks and analytics site Pro Football Focus ranked him fourth. analyst Lance Zierlein offered the following breakdown of Addison:

"Inside/outside wideout with the speed and agility to work confidently on all three levels of the field, but lacking the size and catch strength generally associated with high-impact performers on the next level. Addison's route running features acceleration, dynamic steering and sudden turns at a moment's notice. While he can get to the spot effectively, he has trouble consistently winning battles when he has coverage company beside him. While Addison failed to make the same impact he did in 2021, his usage at Pitt might be a better indicator of the type of role and production he could be capable of on the next level."

View photos WR Jordan Addison being selected as the Vikings 2023 first round draft pick in Kansas City.

The selection of Addison gives the Vikings another talented wideout to complement Justin Jefferson and K.J. Osborn. Minnesota parted ways this spring with Adam Thielen, who signed with the Panthers.

Other receivers on Minnesota's roster include Trishton Jackson, Jalen Nailor, Brandon Powell, Blake Proehl and Jalen Reagor.