Top NFL Draft analyst declares USC WR Drake London as No. 1 wideout in 2022 NFL draft

Oct 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Drake London, USC Football
Oct 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Drake London, USC Football / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

USC football's No. 1 wideout in 2021, Drake London, was just shown major respect by NFL Network draft analyst Bucky Brooks.

He was named the top wide receiver in the draft by Brooks, an honor that London deserves. Only playing in seven full games in 2021, London STILL was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. In arguably the worst season in USC history, London caught 88 balls for 1,084 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in just seven full games and part of the eighth that he got hurt in.

London was about as terrific as it got, and even strong contests from defenders couldn't hold London:

Drake London is one of the best wide receivers in USC football history.

Drake London will be the next great USC receiver to have major success in the NFL. No school has a better pedigree in developing NFL receivers than USC. This year proved that as much as any year ever has.

Even when standout SC alumni JuJu Smith-Schuster and Robert Woods went down to injury, Nelson Agholor still made his plays when his number was called, and Amon-Ra St. Brown set Detroit Lions records in his first NFL season. He broke the Lions franchise record for most consecutive games with eight or more receptions (five), and also had the most receiving yards of any Lions rookie ever (912).

We also can't forget Michael Pittman recording 1,082 yards this season. London will be that next guy very soon. Here's what Brooks had to say about the star wideout:

"London is a former hooper with outstanding size, length and leaping ability. As a super-sized pass-catcher (6-foot-5, 210 pounds, per school measurements), he expands the strike zone for the quarterback and could be a dominant red-zone threat from Day 1"

Bucky Brooks, NFL Network

This is no news to USC fans, and I'm happy that London is getting the credit he deserves. A former tight end, London can line up near the tackles, as a slot receiver, or on the outside. He's effective no matter where he is placed on the field.

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I don't know which one it will be yet, but there is going to be an NFL offensive coordinator very happy after drafting London in April.