The USC Trojans lost a number of quality receivers in the offseason. Jordan Addison went to the NFL and the Minnesota Vikings. Kyle Ford, C.J. Williams, and Gary Bryant all transferred out of the program. Addison and Ford in particular are notable losses. They were very good receivers in their own right and on their own terms, but they also represented very different kinds of wide receivers who gave balance to the Trojans’ wide receiver room.
Addison was a speed receiver who could blow the top off defenses and draw lots of attention from opposing defenses on his side of the field. Ford was a big-bodied receiver who was very hard to guard on intermediate-range routes in which he could box out an opposing safety or linebacker. Addison and Ford represented a yin-yang “brain and brawn” combination which lent a lot of diversity to what USC could achieve in the passing game. These are significant departures.
Yet, as you’ll see, USC is still stacked at receiver heading into the 2023 season.
One analyst placed USC among the very best programs in the country in terms of its wide receiver room. See which other schools joined the Trojans at the top of the list:
(h/t Jesse Simonton of On3 Sports)
The Buckeyes could have two top-10 picks in the 2024 NFL draft. Marvin Harrison Jr. is a likely top-three pick, joining Caleb Williams.
The Longhorns’ offense should be fun even with Bijan Robinson now in the NFL. Quinn Ewers, or perhaps Arch Manning, have a lot of weapons. The QB-WR connections on this offense will make everyone better.
LSU always has a large crop of quality wide receivers, and this year is no exception with Malik Nabers, Brian Thomas, Kyren Lacy, and Chris Hilton as well as Alabama transfer Aaron Anderson.
The Huskies have both Rome Odunze and Jalen McMillan returning, and Washington is surely going to give USC a run for its money. Odunze was mentioned as a player to watch for the 2024 NFL draft.
The Trojans saw Jordan Addison get picked in the first round of the 2023 NFL draft, but they added Arizona WR Dorian Singer. They have Mario Williams, Tahj Washington, and Brendan Rice all on the team, not to mention five-star players Zachariah Branch and Makai Lemon. They’re loaded. Again.