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Drake London 2022 Fantasy Outlook: Mike Evans comparison not hyperbole

Drake London has a door wide open to become the Falcons’ first alpha receiver. And when it comes to finding similar old and veteran players to try to project their success, London are in good company.

In The Wolf’s 2022 Dynasty Superflex Rookie Rankings, London and Brece room are in a separate level at the top of the ranks.

It’s harder to find someone who wouldn’t take Hall as a 1.01 rookie than to find Antonio Brownthe next NFL team. But what separates Drake London from the receiving pack?

A FAIR AND PROMISING COMPARISON

A top-10 pick in the NFL Draft with exceptional size and strength to take down defenders, who can create late and subtle separation, make contested grabs, track and adjust to throws, with strong hands, particularly reliable on shoulder throws, and uh…

…wait a minute, I’m reading a mike evans tracking report.

Not that any of these attributes apply to Drake London. Really, it’s strange the number of parallels between the two.

One particular area is running. Both needed polish in this area out of college, and it’s a skill that can lead to great careers for receivers. without having elite speed.

It’s promising that even though neither receiver had breakaway speed, Evans was able to set an NFL record eight straight seasons for 1,000 yards, with the help of the road rush developed during his time with the pros.

But, there is yet another quality receivers share that is unique in how it made them look so promising out of college, and perhaps even an even harder skill to train than running. walk.

THEIR LOVE FOR BASKETBALL AND ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THEIR GAME

The decision to put basketball on the back burner to focus on full-time football wasn’t easy for Drake.

“I feel like a part of me is gone. It was my first love” london said. “I never really said that to anyone, but [basketball] was my first love. It was the first ball I picked up, the first sport I started practicing.

Basketball was also Mike Evans’ first love, and such extensive basketball experience contributed to Drake London’s ability to knock down passes at the climax and become coveted for his contested catching ability, once again, a bit like Mike Evans.

“The ultimate respect for a wide receiver is when everyone knows the ball is going their way, but the defense can’t stop it.”

That’s what Dane Brugler said about Drake in his 2022 NFL Draft Guideand the sentiment is echoed throughout the fantasy industry.

Hopefully for the Atlanta Falcons and anyone who drafted him early in the first round of their Dynasty rookie drafts, London’s disputed catching ability is a good thing.

Because for many college applicants, this feat has turned out to be fools’ gold.

Fortunately, Drake has factors that guys love N’Keal Harry, Jalen Reagorand Denzel Mims doesn’t.

FOR LONDON, ANY 1,000 YARD SEASONS SERIES COULD WAIT

Marcus Mariota and rookie Desmond Cavalier are not the ideal quarterback room you want to start your career with. But by comparison, Evans was still able to go over 1,000 yards in his rookie season catching passes from Josh McCown and Mike Glennon. Moreover, with Calvin Riley suspended for the entire 2022 season, London’s competition for targets really only comes from Kyle Pitts.

Drake is barely stepping into WR3 territory playing for a transitioning Falcons franchise, as he ranks WR36 (+4 vs. ECR) on The Wolf’s Fantasy 2022 rankings. However, The Wolf buys the Dynasty hype. Drake London ranks 38th overall (+22 vs. ECR) in our Superflex Dynasty rankings – the WR14 (+6 vs. ECR).

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