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Best scheme suits Drake London, Jameson Williams and other Day 1 WRs – The Athletic

Schema and situation are important to every prospect in every position. Being used in a way that highlights strengths and hides weaknesses, or dropped onto a depth chart that gives the player time to develop into a bigger role, can be the difference between a prospect reaching their potential and one that ignites before his rookie contract even expires. There is perhaps no position at which all of this matters more than wide receiver.

The 2022 NFL Draft may not include tons of top talent at receiver, but it’s packed with Day 1 or Day 2 prospects. Below, I go over that group player by player for identify the strengths, weaknesses, and ideal team adjustments that can maximize the potential of these prospects.

We start with the six wide receivers who were thrown frequently in the first round of the draft.

(Note: Order based on my current rank.)

Drake London, USC

Measurable: 6 feet 3 7/8, 219 pounds, 33 inch arms, 40 N/A

Grade: Early to mid first round

London is a longtime wide receiver with experience working across the roster throughout his college career. He’s a real catcher who wins the ball and was also a basketball player at USC. His hardwood experience shows in his ability to point high and adapt to throws.

London is also a surprisingly smooth mover for its size. Although his top speed is average at best, he is able to consistently sink and stay friendly with the QB on his roads. It doesn’t get “stuck” at the top, a common problem for larger receivers that aren’t able to turn smoothly when breaking.

This fast route is a good example. London does not rise; instead, it keeps its pad level low when breaking. And he keeps his path tight without rounding off and leaving the throw vulnerable to an undercut from the cornerback.

London’s agility and balance also shine when he has the ball in his hands.