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2023 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings pick USC WR Jordan Addison to pair with Justin Jefferson

Kansas City, MO, USA; USC wide receiver Jordan Addison walks the NFL Draft Red Carpet before the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft at Union Station. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings stick at No. 23 and come away with a talented wide receiver to pair with Justin Jefferson.

Addison was the Biletnikoff Award winner with Pittsburgh in 2021 before transferring to USC. He finished the past two seasons with 25 touchdowns from 159 receptions.

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Strengths, weaknesses and NFL role

Where he wins: Route-Running

Addison excels at creating separation to the point where his lack of size is an afterthought. He'll be able to run a full route tree from Day 1 in the NFL.

What's his role? High-end No. 2

Addison doesn't have prototypical No. 1 receiver traits, but if defenses leave him singled up, he'll still make them pay. He can seamlessly fill a number of roles in an NFL offense.

What he can improve: Play strength

Addison is a completely different receiver when given a free release compared to when corners land their hands on him. Some added muscle will go a long way toward helping him gain leverage more consistently.

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