Redrafting the Vikings rookie class after the 2023 regular season

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First-Round Pick (23rd Overall)

Original Pick: Jordan Addison - WR (USC)
Re-Draft Pick: Addison

There's no question about it: the Vikings landed a superstar with the 23rd pick.

Jordan Addison destroyed expectations on his way to a season that was worthy of consideration for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Addison blew up for 70 receptions, 911 yards, and 10 touchdowns. Even the biggest Vikings enthusiast didn't project that type of stat line.

There were some concerns when Minnesota took Addison. There were some thoughts that he was too small and scrawny to succeed at the NFL level.

He proved to be much tougher and more physical than he appeared, as he often battled through defenders and fought his way to extra yardage.

It was also widely believed the Vikings should have used that pick on defense. There were some nice corners on the board, like Deonte Banks from Maryland and Joey Porter Jr. from Penn State.

There was also big Bryan Bresee from Clemson on the board, and any of those guys would've helped a defense that was clearly the weak part of the team.

Those players all turned out to be good picks, but Minnesota made the right move going with Addison.

He and Justin Jefferson could become the best wide receiver tandem in the league, keeping this offense potent for years to come.