Atlanta was down a daunting 28-3 before Marcus Mariota connected with London for a 4-yard touchdown.
A moment @DrakeLondon_ will never forget.
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 18, 2022
London, a California native, finished the day with eight receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown.
While London brought some life into the game, the Falcons went on to lose 31-27.
Falcons Explain Why They Drafted London
The Falcons had several holes to fill when they entered the 2022 NFL Draft and there were endless ways that the Falcons could have gone with their first pick and they chose a wide receiver out of USC.
A few days following the draft, Falcons’ director of college scouting Anthony Robinson explained why the Falcons took London at No. 8 overall.
“He checked all the boxes that we look for,” Robinson said, via the Falcons’ team website. There was nothing that was left on the table with him. He has everything you want in a receiver. Now, in terms of everything else, he has to put in the work, understand the scheme, pick up the offense, and you know, what we want him to do within the scheme. But I think this dude can be as good as he wants to be.”
In 27 games for the Trojans, London recorded 160 receptions for 2,153 yards and 15 touchdowns. He missed a portion of his final year but still managed 88 receptions for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games.
With just two NFL games under his belt thus far, London has logged 13 receptions for 160 yards and a score.