3 reasons Steelers should steer clear of Jordan Addison at pick 17

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1. Addison is a second-round player Steelers will have to take in the first

While the first two reasons might seem minor, my final reason is fairly significant. Simply put, I don't view Jordan Addison as a first-round wide receiver. Though I do like the film and his ability to win with route running and separation, I think the lack of size and elite athletic traits makes it pretty easy for me to slap a second-round label on Addison this year. It's also worth considering that his production was cut in half last season prior to entering the draft.

I have no doubt that Addison will be a more consistent player than Johnson at the next level, but I view him as a high-end WR2 if all goes well. He's not super twitched up nor does he consistently dominate at the catch point to become a true X-Factor.

If Addison were to come out in a loaded class last year, he probably would have been the sixth wide receiver drafted behind players like Drake London, Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, Jameson Williams, and Jahan Dotson. The next wave of receivers last year included quality players like Treylon Burks and Christian Watson.

Last year, the class was so talented that 11 receivers went ahead of George Pickens. The 2023 class is not strong at the wide receiver position, and I would hate for the Steelers to reach just because they might like a player like Jordan Addison.

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At the end of the day, we may not even have to worry about this. Because the WR class is so thin, there's a good chance he's gone before pick 17 anyway. Regardless, I'm with the camp that thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers should steer clear of Addison with their first-round pick this year.