To this point of the NFL off-season, the Dallas Cowboys have gathered up some talent to fill holes, they have also retained some of their free agents as well. However, even with the addition of Brandin Cooks, one of the biggest needs has been at wide receiver.
While we heard the front office say they felt like Michael Gallup could return to pre-injury form and were hopeful that Jalen Tolbert could take a full step, there is questions surrounding the position. WR Jordan Addison brings route running ability this team has lacked since they let Amari Cooper go for a rubber band ball and some used toothpicks.
Much like many of the receivers in this draft, Addison does not have the ideal size to play outside and may need to work primarily out of the slot, that doesn’t mean he can’t play outside, but the size concerns are there. His route running is his primary feature as a player, and it is solid. He would allow the Cowboys to have a receiver who can be both an outlet and not have to be in motion constantly.
The Dallas Cowboys need help at wide receiver and Jordan Addison gives route running ability that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Beyond the route running, Addison does well to set defensive backs up throughout his routes. That allows him to find gaps and seams within the defense which he uses to work his way down the field.
While he has strong hands, there were some drops from his time at Pitt that teams may concentrate on, but he has shown the ability to catch the ball away from his body better at USC. He excels on timing routes due to his ability to create separation with his route running and was highlighted on screens for his short-area ability to make defenders miss.
Addison is not fast and will not outrun a lot of people consistently. His frame may see him struggle against more physical defenders, so he will need to work on consistency here to play outside more as his career progresses.
There are some people who question whether he will ever be a number one wide receiver, but in the right scheme could be a top-tier two. While he may be able to add a little size, with an already slower 40 time, it may bring him down a little more.
Addison is a first-round pick, make no mistake about it, but he may fit on a team that relies on timing and not a lot of physicality. If Michael Gallup can get back to his pre-injury play, Addison can help draw coverages from the slot with sharp routes, opening Gallup and Lamb up for softer coverage. Addison may not be for everyone, but he can find a home and make plays.