Drake London

Drake London

Measurements
  • Height
    6037
  • Hand
    9 3/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
    219lbs
  • Arm
    33
  • Speed
WR Combine Averages
  • Height
    6004
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    200lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.51
Brian Friedland - Scout
Drake London
  • Overall Rank
    10
  • Position Rank
    2
  • Position
    WR
  • Age
    20.9 Years
  • Team
    SOUTHERN CAL

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2019 13 39 567 14.5 5 14.5 Y/C
2020 6 33 502 15.2 3 83.7 YDS/G
2021 8 88 1,084 12.3 7 11.0 REC/G

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Size and length are above the line. Has a lanky build, so he could stand to add five pounds. Definitely needs to strengthen his lower half, although it is strong already. Frame and durability are adequate with London suffering a fractured ankle this past season.

  • Size
    7
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 6.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Toughness is adequate with there being slight mental lapses. Instincts are above the line with his ability to sit in the soft spots of zone coverage sticking out the most. Effort and motor are above the line with London willing to put his head down and try to gain first downs even when it looks very unlikely. He always keeps his legs moving despite multiple defenders trying to tackle him.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    7
  • Effort/Motor
    7
Grade 6.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

London has adequate explosiveness and speed that allow him to create enough separation in certain situations. Body control is outstanding with London showing a propensity to adjust well to underthrown passes while also being able to keep his feet in bounds on plays near the sideline (AT Notre Dame/Q4/11:25 & v Oregon State/Q1/8:47). Flexibility and bend are average as London has stiff hips, and he has a tendency to play high. Change of direction is adequate with flashes of above the line due to the elusiveness he has for a player of his size (v Utah/Q2/6:11). Play strength is above the line with flashes of outstanding as it took multiple defenders to tackle London, and he was almost never tackled by the first defender (v Utah/Q1/11:44 & AT Notre Dame/Q2/11:33).

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    8
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    7
Grade 6.3

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

London did not return kicks at USC. Perimeter blocking is adequate as London is fully capable of keeping corners from disrupting plays. Suddenness and release are adequate off of the LOS as he does show some quickness right off of the line. Route running is adequate with flashes of above the line. He can create separation by boxing players out with his bigger frame, but also shows some shiftiness. Run after the catch is adequate with London mostly winning in that aspect based on his strong contact balance. Vertical threat ability is adequate as London doesn't have game-changing speed to burn defenders, but he is certainly capable of boxing out defenders to make contested catches. Ball skills are outstanding albeit with some egregious drops in crucial situations (v Stanford/Q3/5:12 & v Oregon State/Q1/1:46). For the most part, hands were not a huge issue for London, and he showed a lot of potential on contested catches

  • Ball Skills
    8
  • Suddenness
    6
  • Release
    6
  • Route Running
    6
  • Run After Catch
    6
  • Vertical threat
    6
  • Perimeter Blocking
    6
  • Return Ability
    5
Grade 6.1

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Drake London came into USC as a four-star wide receiver from Moorpark High School who also played basketball during his high school career. His freshman season, London saw action in all 13 games and recorded 39 REC for 567 YDS and 5 TDS. He caught a touchdown in each of USC's final five games of the season and then joined the school's basketball team following the conclusion of football. In his sophomore year, despite there only being six games in the PAC-12 season due to COVID-19, London reeled in 33 REC for 502 YDS and 3 TDS while also making the Second Team All-Pac-12. His junior season was cut short due to a season-ending ankle injury, but not before London was able to amass 88 REC for 1,084 YDS and 7 TDS in just eight games. After his junior year, London was named an AP Third Team All-American, First Team All-Pac-12 WR, and the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. London is a WR2 with WR1 upside who wins with his strong contested catch ability, outstanding contact balance, and overall body control. In order to reach an even higher level, London must become more refined as a route runner while also strengthening his lower half.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Utah
  • Oct - 09 - 2021
  • Displayed excellent body control and ability to box out opposing defenders on his way to having 16 REC for 162 YDS & 1 TD
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Stanford
  • Sep - 11 - 2021
  • Routes did not look particularly sharp, and he had a tough time corralling some crucial passes despite finishing with 4 REC for 68 YDS & 1 TD
Best Trait
Contested Catch Ability/Yards After Contact
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