When it comes to wide receivers in the 2022 NFL Draft with the highest ceilings, look no further than Drake London. The USC standout was arguably the best wideout in the country last season before fracturing his ankle in late October, but scouts and talent evaluators saw more than enough from him before his injury to put him firmly in the first-round conversation.
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Drake London Draft Profile
London was an elite two-sport athlete — he also played basketball at USC — and that multi-sport athleticism shows up on the gridiron, as does his size. His exceptional length and hand-eye coordination made him unguardable at times at USC. He uses every bit of his size attacking the ball and dominates in jump-ball situations. He has big, strong hands and will make plays in traffic. He’s more than just a high-point specialist, though; he’s a tenacious runner after the catch who will fight his way to extra yardage. He’s a fluid mover who flashes excellent body control and balance despite being a long-limbed receiver.
Like a lot of big receivers at the college level, London was more reliant on his physical gifts than attention to detail as a route-runner. He’s a bit of a one-speed mover who doesn’t have a lot of suddenness; that, along with a lack of refinement when it comes to stemming his routes, will lead to trouble separating against NFL defensive backs. He had free releases often at USC; he’ll have to learn to escape the press at the NFL level.
You can’t teach this kind of size, and London’s aggressive temperament blends nicely with his length, creating a receiver who can dominate at the catch point. He’s a bit unpolished and might be looking at snaps as a big slot early, but there’s plenty to work with, and his ceiling is as a true No. 1 receiver.
Final Grade: 1st Round