Drake London: NFL Draft Odds, Pick Projection, Stats & Highlights

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Southern California wide receiver Drake London (15) plays against Notre Dame in the first half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.
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Colton Pool @CPoolReporter Mar 31, 2022, 9:26 AM

A defender tightly covering him, pinned near the sideline, with only one hand to catch the ball, seemingly nothing was going to stop Drake London.

The USC wide receiver, who’s one of the top prospects at his position in this year’s NFL Draft, was pressed at the line in a game at Colorado last season. The Trojans were a yard from the end zone, thanks to his contested catch earlier.

London shuffled his feet as cornerback Christian Gonzalez tried to slow him down. London advanced about five yards, then moved back toward the ball after Kedon Slovis passed out to him along the left sideline.

London turned, using his frame to keep Gonzalez out of the picture. He snatched the ball out of the air, remaining inbounds as well.

He has shown he can be a favorable target for quarterbacks, which will likely continue at the pro level.

Drake London Draft Odds

London has the second-best NFL Draft odds to be the first wide receiver selected at +135. His odds of being picked third overall are +20000.

Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson has the leading NFL Draft betting odds to be picked first at -225 as of March 30.

 

NamePositionTeam1st Pick Odds (4/28)
Travon WalkerDLGeorgia-450
Ikem EkwonuOLNC State+400
Aidan HutchinsonDEMichigan+400
Evan NealOLAlabama+2000
Kayvon ThibodeauxDEOregon+3000
Desmond RidderQBCincinnati+3000
Malik WillisQBLiberty+5000
Charles CrossOLMississippi State+10000
Ahmad "Sauce" GardnerCBCincinnati+10000
Jordan DavisDTGeorgia+10000
Derek Stingley Jr.CBLSU+15000
Kyle HamiltonSNotre Dame+15000
Matt CorralQBOle Miss+15000
Sam HowellQBNorth Carolina+20000
Garrett WilsonWROhio State+20000
Tyler LinderbaumOLIowa+20000
Kenny PickettQBPitt+25000
DeMarvin LealDTTexas A&M+30000
Kaiir ElamCBFlorida+30000
Carson StrongQBNevada+30000
Treylon BurksWRArkansas+30000
Chris OlaveWROhio State+50000

Drake London Draft Pick Projection

The Philadelphia Eagles could use a receiver of London’s skill set opposite DeVonta Smith.

With 68 catches, 976 yards and five touchdowns last season, Smith was impressive in his first pro year after earning the Heisman Trophy while at Alabama. But other than that, no other receiver was a consistent target for quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Smith was 26th, both by Pro Football Focus’ receiving grades and Football Outsiders’ DYAR metric. No other Eagles receiver was in the top 50.

Smith and London’s talents could complement each other, giving the Eagles more scheming opportunities in their passing attack. If the Eagles are committing to Hurts, London would help set him up for success.

Drake London’s Stats

London made a strong impact immediately at USC, and he eventually worked his way up to a No. 1 role.

In 2019 as a true freshman, London started nine games and caught 39 passes for 567 yards and 5 touchdowns. He was a Freshman All-American.

Following that season, he joined the Trojans’ basketball team and played in three games. This stint further illustrates his athleticism.

In 2020, he was an All-Pac-12 wide out. In six games, he accumulated 502 yards, 33 receptions and 3 touchdowns.

That all led to a superb final collegiate season, even though he only played 7.5 games due to a broken ankle.

In that short time, he caught 88 passes for 1,084 yards and 7 touchdowns. Before his ailment, he was on pace to break Marqise Lee’s program single-season records for receptions and yards.

He’s only one of two Power Five players ever to total; 88 receptions in eight games. He is the only Trojan to haul in 15 or more targets in two different games. 

Drake London Draft Profile

London is very physical. He will simply outfight opponents for catches. He’s excellent at high-pointing 50-50 throws.

He can also adjust to the ball while it’s in the air and works well on the fly to find open spaces in zone coverage. Combined with a 6-foot-4, 219-pound frame, this makes for a large catch radius.

When USC was trailing Stanford in the first quarter last season, the Trojans had the ball at their own 29-yard line. 

London was pressed at the line by cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly, who followed him closely all along his route. When London was targeted and underthrown, he stopped and went back toward the line of scrimmage to snag the pass.

London then broke a tackle. Another defender dove at his feet, but he avoided that takedown as well. He kept his legs churning until he was brought down within the opposite 35.

London’s footwork on his routes stands out, as he keeps defenders guessing which way he’s going to break until the last second. However, he could be more efficient with his feet off of the line of scrimmage.

That will be particularly important in the NFL when he’s working against faster corners. While he didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, his most glaring weakness is his speed. That will make it easier for defenders to blanket him.

That said, he is shifty in the open field. With his stature and creativity, he’s difficult to take down.

At Colorado, London caught a screen pass on the perimeter. Cornerback Mekhi Blackmon shed a block, though, and dove for London’s legs.

London leapt over him. And even though he was hit midair, he stuck the landing and kept fighting for more yards. Three defenders were eventually needed to bring him down.

London is capable of earning those extra yards in the NFL, too.

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Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.

Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.