Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus recently released his “early 2023 NFL draft wide receiver rankings” and has new USC Football WR Jordan Addison outside his top three. Of course, this is blasphemous. This year, SEVEN wide receivers were selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Addison was better than all of them.
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Literally. Addison won the Biletnikoff award on all of them in 2021. Of course, he was no better than Drake London, who didn’t win the Biletnikoff award because he was injured in Game 8 of the season and had to miss the rest of the year. Addison wasn’t as good as London, but he was better than the other six.
So how are Kayshon Boutte (ranked first), Jaxon Smith-Njigba (ranked second) and Quentin Johnston (ranked third) all above Addison in Renner’s ranking?
Well, let’s face it – it was obviously a bad ranking if Addison is somehow fourth on this list. That being said, Renner made a big point about Addison’s only gap in the game: Drops.
On USC Football WR Jordan Addison’s tendency to drop a few too many passes, here’s what Renner had to say:
“We’d like to see him improve on focus drops. He’s dropped at least 10 passes in each of his seasons at Pittsburgh, posting an 11.6% career drop rate. If that persists at USC, it could scare away potential teams next year. Draft.”
– Michael Renner, PFF
Well, dropping 10 or more assists in his two seasons is certainly less than ideal. This is all the more the case considering that his debut season only lasted 10 games due to the coronavirus pandemic. And yes, it could scare off potential teams in next year’s draft if it persists.
So, is Renner right here? In terms of the rationale for his decision to rank Addison outside of his top three – no. However, it does at least show where exactly it came from and raises a flaw that very few seem to be talking about outside of the analyst crowd. He clearly did his homework.