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2022 NFL Draft Profile: USC WR Drake London

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Player Profile

School: USC Trojans

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Position: WR

Height: 6-5

Weight: 210

Year: Junior

Jersey Number: 15

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Position Specific Critical Factors

Hands (6) Very Good

The best WR's in football display great hands; they can snatch or pluck the football when in tight coverage or the wide-open field. Some receivers use their bodies when catching and therefore need more development as hands catchers.

Separation (7) Very Good

A player's ability to separate from a defender while running a route is dependent on his ability to run a precise and clean route. Separation is not just the prospect's ability to separate with speed, but his ability to run several routes at a high level. The prospect's ability to sell a route to get a defender out of position is also a key way for a player to gain separation. Players with a limited route tree can make it easier for defenders to predict their route running tendencies. The ability to use their body to box out is another way to gain separation.

After Catch Ability (7) Very Good

A running back with the football in their hands, receivers who can catch a football and make defenders miss in open space, or that can break tackles is a commodity at the highest level of football: high-level WR's show elusiveness, strength, speed, and display toughness after the catch.

Key Strengths

  • Excellent after the catch

  • Big Play Ability

  • High-Level Ball Skills

Key Weaknesses

  • Hands (Needs to improve concentration)

Pass Game Summary

At 6-5 210lbs, Drake London provides a slim but big frame at the NFL level. The former two-sport athlete at USC participated on the USC basketball team, which is a testament to his playing style at WR, where he plays with excellent body control. London can box out defenders, and he can go up win the 50/50 ball. But do not be fooled into believing London is just a physical pass catcher; he is also a solid route runner who can gain separation at the top of his route. He can win at all levels of the field.

His downfield ability is also high level; he tracks the football at a high level using a combination of a wide catch radius and excellent hands to beat defenders. In space, London shows great agility for his body type. He is elusive and is also tricky for smaller defenders to bring down.

Drake London is a versatile WR who can line up at the X or in the slot. He has good upper body strength and can run through a DB's press coverage, and when in the slot with a free release, he can be dangerous. He plays with good awareness. He understands situational football and will locate the open areas while also being aware of the sticks.

Run Game Summary

Drake London is a competitive player with or without the ball in his hands. He is a willing and able run blocker. He had limited to no usage in the run game at USC via jet sweeps or reverses, but judging by his athleticism after the catch, he might be better than many realized in the run game.

Final Analysis

Drake London was a multi-sport athlete at USC. He played on the Trojans basketball team, and you can see the basketball skillset on the football field. London uses his frame to box out defenders and make plays on the football in highly contested situations. His long arms and frame provide him with an advantage over smaller, agile DB's sticky in coverage. London has an Instant Impact Player ceiling grading out as one of the top WR's in this class. His grade heading into the NFL is a solid level starter, but he can be a high-level NFL starter if he maximizes his potential.

Final Grade Analysis

Final Grade: (6.8) (High Upside Potential)

(6.9-6.7) Solid Starter Level

Ceiling Grade: (8.0) (Instant Impact Potential)

(9.0-7.0) High-End Starter

Floor Grade: (6.5) (Developmental Potential)

(6.6-6.5) Lower Level Starter

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