Drake London, one of the best wide receivers in college football this year has decided to forgo his senior season at the University of Southern California and declare for the 2022 NFL Draft. He made the announcement on Twitter Thursday morning.

“It’s been a true blessing to compete as a Trojan over the past three seasons,” London wrote. “You welcomed me with open arms and I will forever be grateful for the love you’ve shown me. I will never forget our time together and all the people I’ve forged lifelong bonds with. To my coaches and teammates, thank you for pushing me each and every day. I would not be in the position I am today without you all. I cannot wait to get started on the next chapter in my life. I’m extremely excited to announce that I will be declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft. I will forever be a Trojan and cannot wait to represent the best brotherhood in the NFL. Fight On!”

London leaves USC after putting up 2,000 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns over three seasons. In 2021, he totaled 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns before sitting out the last half of the season with a broken ankle suffered in a Halloween game against Arizona.

One of the things that makes London special is his ball-handling skills. He arrived at USC as a two-sport athlete, playing both football and basketball. He only decided to focus completely on football a year ago. London’s skill set has drawn comparison to Tampa Bay’s star wideout, Mike Evans, who also has a basketball connection.


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“He’s a giant with incredible ball skills,” said Graham Harrell, USC’s offensive coordinator. “There’s not many of them out there, and he’s one of them.”

Projections have him as the draft’s second-best receiver with the possibility of going as high as the fourth overall pick.

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