Drake London proving worthy of Falcons No. 8 overall pick

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The Falcons fan base has been drug through the wringer just two weeks into the 2022 NFL season. After blowing a 16-point fourth-quarter lead last week to the Saints, Atlanta almost completed a 28-3 comeback that was negated by a Marcus Mariota interception in the red zone. The Falcons did some horrendous things in Week 2 against the Rams, but there were plenty of positives.

The offensive line looks much improved from a year ago, the team has a ton of fight, and Drake London is proving worthy of the Falcons’ No. 8 overall pick. London was targeted a team-high 12 times, hauling in eight receptions for 86 yards, including his first career touchdown in his hometown of Los Angeles.


Drake London has come as advertising, making several highlight reel plays in Week 2.


Through two professional games, London is making his mark. The USC product is the first rookie to record at least five receptions and 70 yards since 2015, when Stefon Diggs did it, which includes consensus top five wideouts Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson. Moreover, London joined an impressive list of 21-year-old rookies with more than 150 receiving yards in his first two NFL games — Chase, Diggs, DeSean Jackson, Randy Moss, DeAndre Hopkins, Rondale Moore, CeeDee Lamb, Keke Countee, Amari Cooper, and DK Metcalf.

As the first receiver taken in the 2022 draft cycle, Drake London was met with heavy criticism. Many believed the top prospect was Garrett Wilson, who also had an incredible start to his NFL career. I was high on Jameson Williams, but like many professionals, London blocked out the noise and has balled thus far, proving worthy of the No. 8 overall pick.

Photographer: Jeff Speer/Icon Sportswire

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