2022 NFL Mock Draft has elite USC wide receiver Drake London going ridiculously high

Oct 9, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Drake London, USC Football
Oct 9, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Drake London, USC Football / Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

USC football's best player in 2021 and one of their best wide receivers in history, Drake London, will be drafted in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

This is easy to infer, as it would be arguably the biggest shocker of the draft if he isn't. A high majority of mock drafts have him going in the back third of the first round. Walter Cherepinsky of WalterFootball.com, however, has London going in the top two of the draft.

Nope, Cheperinsky didn't have Drake going in the second ROUND. He had him taken with the second PICK of the entire draft. I love Drake, and believe in him as much as anyone, but even my jaw would drop if I saw him taken that high.

While I totally believe that he's a tremendous prospect and could 100% see GM's liking him more and more as draft season goes on, I would still be absolutely shocked if he went second.

USC WR Drake London likely won't be taken second overall, but he'll be a major force for whichever GM takes him.

I don't know if Drake London will truly end up getting taken with the second pick, but I do know that the USC football star is an outstanding prospect. He had an outstanding college career, even winning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2021 despite only playing the first seven games and part of the eighth before he went down to injury. He was the runaway favorite for the Biletnikoff award, catching 88 passes for 1,084 yards and scoring seven touchdowns.

Even with him dealing with that injury, London still had 19 contested catches on the year (PFF). That was six more than any other receiver in the entire country through Week 12 of the college football season.

Clay Helton compared him to Mike Evans:

"“I really think he’s going to be more Mike Evans-ish at the end of the day. I think he’s going to be Mike Evans. I’ve watched it in the spring where we’ve moved him outside some, and man, he has been dynamic. I mean, he is a nightmare.”"

Clay Helton, former USC Head Coach

Helton hits the nail on the head when it comes to Evans' versatility. He can not only line up and dominate in the slot, but he can also play on the outside and feast as a possession receiver out there, and let's not forget that he used to line up as a tight end frequently as a freshman. He can do it all, and puts on a show every time he steps on the field.

His trucking ability is next level, he's got great game speed, he only needs one hand to be able to catch passes, and he can hurdle too.

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Keep in mind that the type of season he just had was during the worst year in USC history, and in what was probably the worst offense possible. Imagine what this man, or freak, can do with NFL coaching. No matter where he goes, an NFL team is going to get an insane talent in London come Draft Day.