USC football WR Drake London is considered by a strong amount of draft experts as the No. 1 wideout in the 2022 NFL Draft this year. Everyone should know this at this point, and the league itself isn't hiding it at this point. The National Football League is going to have Drake London at the draft on Thursday, April 28th.
This is notable because the league only has players who are more than expected to go early in the draft to actually be there during the festivities. Players who will go early typically want to be there to shake Commissioner Roger Goodell's hand as they are announced to be picked by their new team.
London wouldn't be one of the players cleared to go to the draft if he wasn't going to go in the first round for sure. In fairness, everyone has known that he'd go in the first round anyway.
That being said, though, it's not like anywhere near 32 players were selected to go (there will be 32 first-round selections). Only 21 players are attending, so Drake is sure to not drop to the back third of that first round with the news that he will be attending.
No team in the entire 2022 NFL Draft will regret taking USC football's Drake London on Thursday.
Drake London was a stud with USC football, and is definitely going to be a productive NFL player as well. London was Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year last season despite getting hurt in the eighth game of the year. He missed the last four games and part of a fifth, yet still grabbed 88 footballs for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns.
His 19 contested catches were SIX more than any other college receiver in the entire country up through week 12. Having both wide receiver and tight end experience at a high level will serve him well as a versatile, big-bodied receiver who's hands and abilities to make contested grabs will translate perfectly to the league.