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Former Heisman winner praises Falcons’ WR Drake London


Atlanta Falcons WR Drake London

There were many ways the Atlanta Falcons could have picked their eighth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, but they ended up turning to USC wide receiver Drake London.

And the Southern Cal standout has received plenty of hype this offseason, including that of former Heisman winner and Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard.

Howard spoke to Heavy’s NFL insider Matt Lombardo on behalf of Town House and praised the Falcons’ new recruit, comparing him to Mikes Evans.

“Drake London is more like a Mike Evans-type wide receiver. Howard said. “He is in this mode. I think he’s going to be a beast. He’s like Mike Evans, tall, strong, can handle the football really well, he’s great on 50/50 balls and can also get vertical. He’s not the fastest guy, he’s not going to pass people, but he’s going to get vertical. He will challenge a defense because as long as the ball is in the air he has incredible vertical leap and excellent hand-eye coordination.

Howard added that London being a multi-sport athlete in college should benefit him greatly in the NFL.

“Drake London was a hell of a basketball player too, this guy could hoop,” he said. “He has crazy jumps, great coordination, great footwork. For a guy his size, he has really good footwork.

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London left Falcons pre-season opener early

The Falcons played their first football game of the year against the Detroit Lions on Friday August 12th.

While some may just consider it a pre-season game, it’s a chance to see what rookies and shallower players can do, so many were excited to finally get to see what London could do.

However, he was only on the pitch for the first practice of the game and didn’t get past that as he left the game early with a knee injury.

After the Falcons’ 27-23 win over Detroit, multiple reports said the injury was “not serious.”

Head coach Arthur Smith could not provide an update at the time, but did give one on Sunday August 14, saying London’s injury was not long-term.

London has also been sidelined for the Falcons’ next two exhibition games.

Smith gave another update on Wednesday, August 31, saying he “feels good” about London but was not going to make a “Week 1 prediction” on his status.

London had a strong showing during training camp

In his final year with the Trojans, London recorded 88 receptions for 1,084 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in just eight games before suffering an ankle injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season. season.

But he found his old self and made some big plays at camp.

And his efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by his teammates either.

“He’s a subtle type of guy, stays on the sidelines, and I respect that. On the field, man, he really jumps out at you,” veteran receiver Bryan Edwards said early in camp, via Atlanta “He moves really well in and out of breaks for a bigger receiver. He is very suspicious. He kind of reminds me of a sneakier version of Mike Evans out there in Tampa Bay. Lots of respect to this kid. I can’t wait to see him grow into the great player I know he will be.