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USC’s Jordan Addison is next stud rookie NFL wide receiver
Nov 19, 2022; Pasadena, California, USA; Southern California Trojans wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) runs the ball against the UCLA Bruins during the first half at the Rose Bowl. (Photo: Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

USC’s Jordan Addison is next stud rookie NFL wide receiver

LOS ANGELES (BVM) – USC is a wide receiver factory. The Trojans have sent some of the NFL’s best pass catchers to the pros, including Lynn Swann, Robert Woods, Juju Smith-Schuster, Michael Pittman Jr., Amon-Ra St. Brown and others.

Keyshawn Johnson – the No. 1 overall pick of the 1996 NFL Draft – is the highest-drafted WR in USC history, but the Super Bowl champion believes the Trojans currently have someone even better.

“He, in my opinion – and it’s not about me or whatever but I was pretty damn good in college – he’s probably the best pro prospect to come out of USC since me,” Johnson said of junior wideout Jordan Addison on ESPN’s KJM in October.

It’s high praise considering that Johnson totaled 2,796 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns over two seasons at USC. As great as Johnson was, he never had a collegiate season quite like Addison’s best.

After starting eight games as a true freshman for Pittsburgh in 2020 when he led the team with 60 receptions for 666 yards and four scores, he went on to lead the NCAA in touchdown receptions with 17 in the 2021 regular season while catching 100 passes for 1,593 yards. The spectacular sophomore season helped Pitt’s Kenny Pickett become the first quarterback taken in the 2022 NFL Draft and earned Addison All-American honors in addition to the 2021 Fred Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the most outstanding wide receiver in college football.

Addison transferred to USC in May 2022 and chose to wear No. 3 which was previously retired by the Trojans in honor of 2002 Heisman Trophy winner, Carson Palmer. The 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver put together another excellent campaign this season by catching 59 passes for 875 yards and eight touchdowns while helping USC QB Caleb Williams win the Heisman Trophy.

“I think his separation ability is already at an NFL level,” Pro Football Focus’ lead draft analyst Mike Renner said of Addison on an episode of BVM Sports’ Real Spill. “That’s what DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Ja’Marr Chase were. That’s what (Garrett) Wilson and (Chris) Olave were.

“The guys who can really separate, who aren’t just athletes but who already know the nuances of route running, those are the guys who can translate (to the NFL) right off the rip.”

Another former Trojan, Drake London, was the first wide receiver taken in the 2022 NFL Draft and Addison could have the same fate in 2023. What Addison lacks in size, he more than makes up for with his ability to create separation and make plays after the catch.

“Maybe he’s not the most physically-imposing wide receiver in this class, but I do think he probably is the one I’d bet on to have the best rookie season,” Renner said of Addison.