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Drake London on Jameson Williams as WR1, says Mel Kiper Jr.

Much like last season’s NFL Draft class, the 2022 cycle is loaded at wide receiver with up to five players projected by most as first-round picks, including USC. Drake London and Alabama jameson williams. Both players suffered devastating injuries as juniors this season before making their statements known, but ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. doesn’t expect either talent’s stock to be out. significantly affected.

London caught 88 passes for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games before missing the home stretch after fracturing his ankle while Williams forced the SEC with 1,572 receiving yards and 15 scores before tearing a knee ligament in Crimson Tide’s national title game against Georgia. .

“The Jets could use a wide receiver like Drake London, a big target for Zach Wilson to throw,” Kiper Jr. said via ESPN’s first draft podcast. “They love Elijah Moore, Braxton Berrios is there, but hey, you need a guy like Drake London. Drake London was injured at the end of October, he will be fine. Drake London is a monstrous talent. He has that mike evans, Plaxico Burress frame. Drake London from USC is going to go really high in the first round, somewhere in the top 10. And you have several teams that could watch this kid. You watch it at USC, it’s a nightmare to try to deal with. You think you covered it. You don’t. He becomes a power forward. He has big hands, I’ve only seen a drop all year. You think about where he could go, I think the New York Jets at the No. 10 pick would be a great opportunity for him to help out a Zach Wilson.

“You look at production, you look at the numbers he put up at USC, you look at height, length, ball skills, competitiveness. Drake London, currently due to injury to Jameson Williams, is now clearly the No. 1 wide receiver in this draft. There is no doubt that it is Drake London. It was going to be a battle between jameson williams and Drake London.”

In CBS Sports’ latest 2022 NFL Mock Draft, two receivers from Ohio State – Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave – exit the table in the first round ahead of London and Williams. Analyst Kyle Stackpole puts Williams to the New Orleans Saints 18th overall and London to the Miami Dolphins in a trade with San Francisco a few places later at 22nd.

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Kiper Jr. said Williams was “on course” for a top-10 finish before crashing out on the Indianapolis turf. There’s a chance Williams will slip midway through the first round, potentially to the New England Patriots.

“You know the Bill Belichick, Nick Saban connection, right? It was pretty obvious against the Buffalo Bills, they needed weapons in the passing game to McJones“, said Kiper Jr. on the podcast. “You have jameson williams if he goes down to where New England picks the 21st pick now in the first round. OK, you have a guy who would have entered the top 10. Maybe even the top five, six or seven. (Now) he’s here at 21. Can you wait jameson williams back to 100%?

“I think you have to think about it then. So I really think jameson williams is on the line and I think if he plays and finishes this game against the Georgia Bulldogs, Alabama could win this national title.