ESPN’s new mocked first-rounder for the NY Giants would be a dream come true

Jordan Addison, USC. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Jordan Addison, USC. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

There’s been loads of names that have been linked with the NY Giants when it comes to their first-round pick in 2023. Quarterback seemed to be a lock for where general manager Joe Schoen would be looking, but there’s a strong chance Daniel Jones returns in 2023.

If that happens, then Schoen must do whatever it takes to bring in some stud wideouts to help him out. How about USC’s Jordan Addison? He’s without question one of the best WR options for the upcoming draft, and he’d no question improve the room for head man Brian Daboll.

In his opening mock draft for ’23, ESPN’s Todd McShay has the G-Men taking Addison with the No. 20 overall pick. Dare to dream?

USC WR Jordan Addison would be a huge get for the NY Giants

Addison is an offensive beast – there’s no other way to put it. He was fantastic for Pitt and then made his way to USC via the transfer portal. He helped the Trojans become one of the top teams on the west coast in 2022, helping the program get back on track along with head coach Lincoln Riley and quarterback Caleb Williams.

"“Finding a Daniel Jones replacement on Day 1 likely won’t be an option this late, and I’m guessing the Giants stick with Jones on a short-term contract and add some competition for him in free agency or on Day 2 of the draft,” McShay wrote on his piece. “But New York has to add pass-catchers, regardless of who is throwing to them. Sterling Shepard can’t stay healthy, Kenny Golladay has been a massive disappointment, and Kadarius Toney is now in Kansas City. The current depth chart reads Darius Slayton, Isaiah Hodgins and Richie James. That isn’t going to get it done. So how about pairing Wan’Dale Robinson (out because of a torn ACL) with Addison, an explosive receiver with ability to come down with 50-50 balls, stretch the field or pick up extra yards in open space? That should boost an underwhelming pass offense.”"

The 6-0, 175-pounder put up video game-type numbers in 2021 for Pitt, hauling in 100 balls for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns – of course leading to All-American honors. This year for USC, Addison has also been impressive, posting 59 catches for 875 yards and eight touchdowns.

Sure, last campaign’s stats were far more head-turning, but that doesn’t take away from how brilliant this kid is with the ball in his hands. The Giants have basically been trotting out practice squad receivers for Jones in 2022. Addison would be a legit threat and completely change the way this O operates.

Obviously, there’s a lot of time until April arrives and things could move around quite a bit for the draft order. Addison may not even still be available by the time the Giants are on the clock. If he is, though, then Schoen should waste no time in giving him a call. Addison would be an absolute monster for Big Blue.