2022 Atlanta Falcons first-round pick Drake London has only been in the league for three weeks and is already making waves.
In fact, the NFL insider and analyst at Heavy, Matt LombardoHe believes he has already achieved “superstar” status.
“Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Drake London is already a worthy co-star of Kyle Pitts on the Falcons offense and continues to develop into one of the best young receivers in the game. After just three games, Lombardo analyzed several teams after their Week 3 encounters in his latest article.
London missed the preseason with a knee injury but appears to be 100% healthy as he has totaled 16 receptions for 214 yards (13.4 yards per reception) and 2 touchdowns so far this season.
“At 6ft 4 and 214 pounds, London has all the size to be a reliable red zone gun, plus the 4.5 second pace to take the lead off a defense with the dependable hands to go around.” to emerge as a quarterback’s favorite target,” Lombardo added. “He’s shown all these dynamic qualities in his career so far.”
Drake London on duty for Julio Jones numbers in 2022
Another NFL insider, Jordan SchulzHe’s also in the same vein as Lombardo – so much so that he thinks the Falcons found their Julio Jones 2.0 in London.
“Drake London, USC’s first-round pick, is absolutely sensational,” said Schultz said in a TikTok video. “How good was he? In two games, London is on track for 110 catches, 1,360 yards and eight touchdowns. These are All-Pro type numbers.”
Jones, drafted sixth overall in 2011, ended his first NFL season with 54 catches for 959 yards and eight scores.
London currently has the best chance of winning OROY
If London can maintain his performances through the end of the season, he has a good chance of making Atlanta history and winning Offensive Rookie of the Year for the first time since Matt Ryan in 2008.
And so far it has been running smoothly. In Week 2, London recorded 8 receptions for 86 yards and a career first touchdown. He became the first NFL rookie to have at least five receptions and 70 yards in his first two games since 2015, when Stefon Diggs did it.
He was also included in the rookie list with 150+ yards in his first two NFL games alongside Ja’Marr Chase, Stefon Diggs, DeSean Jackson, Randy Moss, DeAndre Hopkins, CeeDee Lamb, Rondale Moore, Amari Cooper, Keke Countee and DK Metcalf.
Now going into Week 4 to take on the Cleveland Browns, London leads the OROY odds board at +600, followed by sixteenth overall draft pick Johan Dotson and tenth overall draft pick Garrett Wilson, tied at +800.
Falcons WR Drake London +600
Commanders WR Jahan Dotson +800
Nozzles WR Garrett Wilson +800
Commanders RB Brian Robinson Jr +1000
Chris Olave WR Saints +1200
Breece Hall RB Jets +1200
Compared to London, Dotson has 9 total receptions for 109 yards and three touchdowns while Wilson has 18 receptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns this season.
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