Former USC wide receiver Drake London has been climbing all the way up NFL Mock Draft boards for a long time now, and has even reached all the way up to the second overall pick. He revealed where he's at with his ankle injury that he suffered in the eighth game of the season last year:
Overall, this is positive news. When he first got hurt, we were worried his NFL dreams could potentially have been stripped from him. While he won't be able to participate in combine drills, he was still measured on Thursday and has been participating in the press conferences and opportunities. There are other activities he can be a part of as well.
And not just that, but London will be able to get his work in at SC's Pro Day, which as Ryan Kartje of the LA Times pointed out is in just three weeks. Being "about 85% recovered" is putting Drake in a position to where he will still get the chance to show NFL scouts just how gifted he is.
Drake London is the next first round wide receiver from the USC football program.
One of the biggest positions that USC football is known for is their wide receivers, and Drake London is one of the best SC has ever had. SC hasn't had a receiver go in the first round since 2015 (Nelson Agholor), however, due to NFL GMs making many mistakes in sleeping on USC receivers.
For instance, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Michael Pittman Jr. dropped to the second round, only to end up being two of the better receivers in the game. Amon-Ra St. Brown dropped to the fourth, just to set Lions rookie receiving records. Still, however, it's nice to be back to having a receiver going first.
Despite getting hurt in the eighth game of the season, London still racked up 88 catches for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns. He had 19 contested catches, which was six more than any wide receiver through week 12 (PFF). It was the worst year in USC football history, in a horrible offensive scheme that led to major coaching staff changes. London somehow was still the runaway Biletnikoff award favorite before his injury, despite the awful situation around him, and he still won Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. Draft him and prepare to be amazed.