Cleveland Browns WR draft target: Drake London
When watching Drake London catch passes for the USC Trojans this past season, one might think of a player like tight end Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs. London is a giant, standing at 6-foot-5. He has even played basketball for USC. But now he’s committed to playing football and is projected at being picked in the first round of the NFL draft.
When you watch highlights of London’s football games you can see how his basketball skills have helped develop him into a reliable possession receiver that would definitely keep the chains moving forward. Many of his receptions were plays where he’d literally box out the defender and use his height to complete the catch.
He can also break away from the initial contact and gain extra yardage. He broke his ankle back in the early part of this past season but still managed to gain 1,084 yards in only eight games including seven touchdowns. He had four games this last season where he registered north of 162 yards receiving.
He might not have the breakaway speed that a few other potential wide receivers in this class might have in the draft, but what he has are incredible instincts and a feel for the game that can’t be undenied.
If the Browns are needing to get their offense moving again next season, then London is your guy. The eerie resemblance he has to a player like Travis Kelce, who also used to play basketball in college, is hard to miss.
Becoming a consistent 80 to 100 receptions a season and 1,000 yards wide receiver, like Kelce has done every year in his career with the Chiefs could be what is in store for London. In addition, he has a great football name that fans of the Browns would gladly wear on the backs of their hometown’s jerseys.