The Atlanta Falcons used their eight-overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft on wide receiver Drake London. Atlanta has seen its fair share of great wide receivers over the years, as well as a lot of 100-yard receiving games.
Drake has yet to break the triple-digit mark in one game. He had three straight games with 50+ yards to start his career but since then he hasn’t broken 50 receiving yards. Now with Kyle Pitts injured, is Drake London going to get enough opportunities to have his first 100-yard game?
Is Atlanta Falcons WR Drake London primed for a 100-yard performance?
The Atlanta Falcons need to lean on their rookie wide receiver Drake London with Kyle Pitts injured. He is a huge threat that has not gotten the opportunity to show himself off yet.
At Stanford last year, prior to his injury, Drake London put up at least 100 yards in six of the eight games he played. It isn’t a matter of if he can do it, but rather when he will have the opportunity.
Marcus Mariota is a huge factor here, is he able to throw enough accurate passes in his direction in his limited number of dropbacks? Honestly, it isn’t too likely. The Falcons are looking to run the ball as much as possible and when they throw the ball they are emphasizing spreading the ball.
London has only had eight-plus targets in one game this year. In addition to that, he hardly gets any accurate passes his way. It would take an efficient and accurate Mariota to pull this off, which is a huge question mark.
There is definitely that opportunity down the stretch, now that Kyle Pitts won’t be on the field. But he could also draw much more attention from defenses, which would increase the emphasis to spread the ball around.
We may have to wait until possibly next season for Drake to hit a triple-digit number of receiving yards.