USC held its pro day on Tuesday morning, but the university, which usually has the sun shining down on it, was flooded with water and even with the rain falling, the players wanted to go through their workouts.
The main attraction was receiver Jordan Addison that is believed to be a first-round pick. It was no question for him if he was coming out to work out in the rain.
“Now I’m really going to show them what I’m about,” Addison said. “On any surface, I’m going to get to it. It doesn’t matter if it’s snowing, I’m going to show them I’m willing to come out here and do whatever they want me to.”
Addison ran routes at full speed in the rain. He was smooth and elusive, which could help any team improve its offense. Some passes thrown his way were below average, but Addison made the most of his opportunity.
The field was full of scouts from each team of the NFL. After the workout, Addison was adamant about who was the best receiver in the draft.
“I know I am the best receiver in the draft,” Addison said.
The interesting fact from this draft is the receivers are a toss-up. There isn’t a Ja’marr Chase, Julio Jones, or a “must-have” receiver. In most mock drafts, Jaxson Smith-Njigba (Ohio State), Quentin Johnston (TCU), Zay Flowers (Boston College), and Addison are expected to go anywhere from the 11th pick all the way toward the 28th selection.
What makes him the best?
“Just what I can do,” he said. “I can come to a new system perform really well early. I can play any position on the field. I can run any route, intermediate, shallow, or deep.”
A team that is local and numerous mock drafts have Addison going to is the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers are missing speed on offense, which Addison would add, especially with them already having Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.
He could be a deep-threat weapon that could help show off the arm of quarterback Justin Herbert.
“That would mean a lot because they have a great program going, a great quarterback and offensive system,” Addison said. “I am already out here right now, so it would be an easy transition.”
Addison did say he has spoken to the Chargers.
Route running is one of his strengths, so on Tuesday, he was showing off his release along with his footwork. Adding Addison could help enhance the new offense that recently hired offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is looking to run.
Regardless, Addison is a receiver compared to Seattle Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett, so he should help whatever offense he joins in late April. He will be yet another USC receiver that will be drafted in the first round.