Ex-USC football star Drake London is already feasting in the NFL

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Drake London was one of the better, if not one of the best wide receivers in USC football history. He was rewarded with that level of performance in the NFL Draft, where he was the first wideout picked; going No. 8 overall. He was undoubtedly the right choice, and continues to prove it in the NFL. He's only two weeks in, yet already has 13 catches for 160 receiving yards.

He also scored a touchdown in his last game against the Los Angeles Rams. He's averaging 12.3 yards per reception. For a team to have a 6-5, 210 pound receiver that also averages 12.3 yards per catch is incredible for the Atlanta Falcons. Even better yet, he's still hurdling defenders even after the college level:

While Atlanta might be 0-2 right now, they know they have a great one in London. This is the same guy who had 88 catches and 1,084 receiving yards last year at USC despite getting hurt in the eighth game of the year and being ruled out for the rest of the season. He even added seven touchdowns in just those seven-plus games.

Drake London posted 19 contested catches for USC football, which led the nation.

Again, Drake London was ruled out for the season for USC football during the eighth game of the year. He STILL led the country in contested catches. There was plenty of hype around him coming out, and he's already living up to it. London has been so good that even Pro Bowl TE/WR Kyle Pitts isn't getting any looks for the Falcons.

Pitts has 10 targets so far. London has almost twice that at 19. Pitts also only has four catches for 38 yards. He's been a non-factor as soon as London's been implemented into the offense. Hopefully for the Falcons, they will figure out how to get both involved, but it's impressive that London is stealing all these targets and receptions from a 2021 Pro Bowler and 1,000-yard pass-catcher.

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London has been as great as advertised. The former two-sport USC athlete has already found his groove in the NFL, even torching the defending Super Bowl Champion L.A. Rams for eight catches, 86 yards, a touchdown, and a hurdle.