With the no. 34 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select Drake London.
Although the Detroit Lions missed out on the likes of Jameson Williams, Treylon Burkes, and Johan Dotson due to the Rams late-season surge, general manager Brad Holmes has the opportunity to draft a first-round talent here early in the second round.
Drake London was having himself an elite junior season in 2021, leading the USC Trojans with 88 catches totaling 1,084 and seven touchdowns through just eight games before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
London fractured his right ankle in USC’s game against Arizona. London suffered the injury making a touchdown reception from Jaxson Dart and immediately clutched his foot/ankle.
Take at look at how good London is in the video below.
Drae Harris of The Football Network had this to say about London;
"He has outstanding ball skills. He has an uncanny ability to track the deep ball. He also has an outstanding catch radius and jumping ability. So even off targeted throws he can clean up and make the QB look good. Big Play Ability: He is a big-play threat whenever his number is called. He has the speed to beat you vertically and he will likely win the contested catch. He’s a surprisingly dangerous runner with the ball in his hands, as well."
London is a two-sport athlete and played with USC’s basketball team. He’s a 6-foot-5 outside receiver that can stretch the field and win 50/50 downfield battles.
His large stature makes him a reliable red-zone threat. London is just 210-pounds but has the potential to fill out some and become a dominant force on the outside as a run blocker.
There is no guarantee that London is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the no. 34 overall pick, but with the abundance of pass-catchers likely going in round one, and after suffering that ankle injury, his stock may slip to being an early day-two player.
Players passed on: John Metchie III, David Bell, Jaquan Brisker, Lewis Cine, Kenneth Walker III, Daxton Hill.