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Elite USC Football WR Drake London becomes first wideout taken in 2022 NFL Draft

Evan Desai
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Stud USC Football Wide Receiver Drake London was just drafted with the eighth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. That makes him the first wide receiver taken in the draft. The 2021 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year is now an Atlanta Falcon of the National Football Conference (NFC) of the National Football League.

London will now be catching passes from another fellow Pac-12 great in Marcus Mariota, who is the quarterback for the Dirty Birds. With Falcons WR Calvin Ridley suspended for the 2022 season due to betting on NFL games, London will be a huge help for the A.

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Pairing London with another elite college wideout/tight end that the Falcons already have in Kyle Pitts will create absolutely unfair competition for opposing NFC South secondaries twice a year.

In fact, every secondary in the league is likely to have trouble with two players who were both elite athletes in college, while also having the size to have quite a bit of tight end experience too. Pitts, who was the first round pick for Atlanta last year, has already arrived on the NFL scene--putting up over 1,000 yards in his rookie season last year.

USC Football great Drake London was rightfully selected as the No. 1 WR taken in the draft.

Drake London proved when he was with the USC football program that he deserved to be the first wideout taken.

London's got a very diverse route tree, with his tight end experience aiding in his abilities to run perfect routes in the short and immediate passing game, and he of course has dominant experience on the outside and in the slot as a receiver. He was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year last year despite getting hurt and out for the season during the eighth game of the year.

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That's how spectacular of a player he was. He had 19 contested catches that year, which was SIX more than ANY other college wideout through Week 12. Catching 88 balls for 1,084 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last year in under eight full games, there's no doubt that he's more than ready to take on the NFL and be the next great USC receiver to enter the league.

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