Highest-graded offensive rookie in '22:
🐦Drake London: 81.8 pic.twitter.com/5DztZkVdUu
— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 10, 2022
London has come as advertised and maybe even more so. Coming out of USC, the big-bodied receiver was knocked for his quickness and ability to separate but has thrived in the NFL within Arthur Smith’s system.
Can Drake London separate? pic.twitter.com/B84bgpTh0e
— Theo Ash (@TheoAshNFL) October 5, 2022
🔴 31 targets
🔴 0 drops
Most targets without a drop among rookies this season 🔒 pic.twitter.com/aNKNOyv1PZ
— PFF (@PFF) October 6, 2022
Drake London Interesting Stat:
He's earned 40% of the Falcons targets…
In 2021 Davante Adams led the NFL at 35%…
London is impressively exceeding this as a rookie.
— SAL VETRI (@SalVetriDFS) October 9, 2022
Through five games, London has totaled 266 yards and two touchdowns on 22 catches, good for 12.1 yards per catch. The former two-sport athlete is on pace for 74 receptions, over 900 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. London’s value will skyrocket if the Falcons can figure out the signal caller position.
Atlanta being without Kyle Pitts is also a nightmare for London, his fantasy owners, and any future bets on him taking home Offensive Rookie of the Year. Hopefully, Pitts’ hamstring injury doesn’t linger any longer because the offense looked feeble against the Buccaneers this past week without him and Cordarrelle Patterson.
Pro Football Focus isn’t the end-all-be-all because Garrett Wilson is having an equally impressive debut season with the Jets. But it should resonate with Falcons fans, including myself, who hated the pick in April. London has shown an ability to affect games as a receiver and a blocker, and that could’ve been the difference in what sold the Falcons’ front office on him; wideouts must block in this offensive scheme.
Similarly to Kyle Pitts, once Drake London fully develops mentally and physically, he will be a nightmare for opposing defenses.
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