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Drake London Scouting Report & Fantasy Football Outlook

Frank AmmiranteSenior Sports Writer
@FAmmiranteTFJ
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2023

Drake London is a big-bodied receiver who can line up all over the formation. This is an athletic player with a two-sport background, shifting his focus to the gridiron at the college level.

London was named the PAC-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2021 despite fracturing his ankle in the eighth game of the season, which speaks to his stellar production. He managed to rack up 88 receptions for 1,084 yards with seven touchdowns.

Not only does he have size, but he can get open with his quick feet and quality speed. He also uses his physicality to manhandle opposing defenders. London can even rack up yards after the catch in the short-to-intermediate passing game.

Drake London NFL Draft Outlook

The Atlanta Falcons selected Drake London with the eighth pick in the NFL Draft, making him the first wide receiver off the board. This is a team with a clear need on the perimeter with Calvin Ridley serving his one-year suspension.


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London will dominate targets alongside stud tight end Kyle Pitts, forming a dynamic one-two punch of young and talented players. While the quarterback position is still in flux with Marcus Mariota, the opportunity will be there for London to excel.

Drake London Fantasy Football Outlook

London has the ability to make an immediate impact in redraft fantasy leagues. The Falcons are extremely thin at wide receiver with Calvin Ridley suspended and Russell Gage now in Tampa Bay. The former USC standout will be the No. 2 option behind Kyle Pitts.

While this will likely be a low-volume passing offense with Marcus Mariota under center, London should have enough of a target share to be an upside WR3 in season-long leagues.

As for dynasty formats, London figures to be one of the most coveted players in this class. He’ll be only 21 years old by Week 1, which is huge because he was able to dominate his college peers at a young age. I’d look to use a top-three selection on London in rookie drafts.

Drake London Scouting Report

Strengths

  • Outstanding size
  • Physical player
  • Can line up all over the formation
  • Good ability after the catch
  • Can win contested balls
  • Strong production at a young age

Weaknesses

  • Needs to work on acceleration off the ball
  • Could struggle to make an impact downfield
  • Better suited in short-to-intermediate targets
  • Was never asked to run a full route tree

Author

Frank Ammirante

Frank Ammirante is a Senior Sports Writer at The Game Day. Previously, he wrote for 4for4 Football and RotoBaller. Frank is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer's Association while maintaining an active presence within the community. He has competed in industry contests like the Scott Fish Bowl, The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and more. Frank will be making his debut in Tout Wars this year. He's got a diverse sporting background, but specializes in football and baseball.

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