Grady Jarrett: “Drake London is going to surprise a lot of people”

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Falcons’ 2022 first-round pick, Drake London, is primed for a breakout campaign in 2022.

He broke the franchise record for receptions by a rookie last year while dealing with inconsistent and poor quarterback play. London had a 19% off-target rate last year, which was the fifth-highest among all pass catchers last year.

He put up nearly 900 yards on 72 receptions, catching passes from a current backup in Marcus Mariota and a rookie third-rounder in Desmond Ridder. On an appearance with Good Morning Football, Grady Jarrett told the world what every Falcons fan already knows — look out for Drake London in 2023.

Scotty Miller compared him to Mike Evans, the only receiver in league history to post nine straight 1,000+ yard seasons. 

Evans is a Hall of Fame talent, and for Miller to put them in the same conversation shows what London’s teammates see on a day-to-day basis. There is an uncanny resemblance in play style and body type, but his production is a bit lacking.

However, Drake London ended his rookie campaign on a high note, saving his best performance for last, hauling in six passes for 120 yards during the club’s Week 18 contest.

Moreover, the Falcons will welcome back Kyle Pitts along with new additions in Bijan Robinson, Jonnu Smith, and Mack Hollins. London should see less attention from defenses than last year with Kyle Pitts out and Olamide Zaccheaus as the WR2.

Drake London has appeared on a couple of breakout lists. Peter Schrager had the USC product as a candidate for the upcoming season, and Pro Football Focus included him as well. Everyone is a believer in the Falcons future star.

Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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