Drake London put up 88 catches for 1,084 receiving yards and seven touchdowns for USC football last year. It was a solid season, right? Actually, wrong. It was an incredible season. London did all that in just seven and a half games before he was injured and out for the season.
He was the runaway favorite for the Biletnikoff before he went down. He had 19(!) contested catches, which was SIX more than any other receiver in the nation through week 12. He was so good, that his injury was rightfully ignored enough for him to be the first wide receiver taken in the 2022 NFL Draft (eighth overall).
He already has impressed with his new NFL team, too, in training camp. He's with the Atlanta Falcons, and has already been posting elite level highlights and the preseason isn't even here yet. Peep these highlights that were posted to Twitter below:
It's no surprise that USC Football WR Drake London hasn't skipped a beat since his days with the Trojans.
Drake London is still a dominant receiver with contested catches, as he was with USC football. He also proved that he can gain separation from DB's in some of these highlights. He already had, but there were odd takes in the offseason that claimed he only had all those contested catches with USC because he couldn't gain separation.
It's just nice to see him prove people wrong even when he didn't need to. He's going to be a major help to another Pac-12 legend in Marcus Mariota over in Atlanta.
He and another former college football freak wide receiver/tight end talent in Kyle Pitts couldn't sound like a more horrifying duo for NFC South teams to have to face as they develop in their young careers. London clearly looks healthy, and ready to make up for the loss of the suspended Calvin Ridley.