Drake London has now caught Garrett Wilson in the latest NFL Draft betting odds. Wilson has been the favorite to be the first receiver taken in the draft for much of the offseason, but London has risen up draft boards and is now tied with Wilson as the co-favorite. Alabama’s Jameson Williams is behind Wilson and London, but he arguably would have been the favorite if he didn’t tear his ACL in the national championship game.
FIRST WR SELECTED IN 2022 NFL DRAFT ODDS
GARRETT WILSON +125
DRAKE LONDON +125
JAMESON WILLIAMS +550
TREYLON BURKS +1200
CHRIS OLAVE +1800
Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson was not the Buckeyes’ leading receiver, but he and teammate Chris Olave are likely considered to be first-round picks. Wilson had 70 receptions for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns in his last collegiate season. He was at his best when Ohio State needed him to be in its last four games with 34 receptions for 453 yards six touchdowns when all four opponents were ranked in the top 20.
Wilson ensured that he would be one of the first receivers selected in the draft when he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. His speed and ability to separate from defensive backs is what teams are looking for at the next level, and most mock drafts currently have him being one of the first 12 players taken in the draft.
USC’s Drake London was one of the few bright spots for the Trojans in Clay Helton’s last year at the helm. London only played in eight games and missed all of November due to injury, but he was still impactful enough to be named Pac 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
London had at least nine receptions in seven of his eight games and 130 yards or more in six games. He finished the season with 88 receptions for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns, and he torched the two best secondaries he faced in Notre Dame and Utah. There has been a lot of hype surrounding London lately, as he is a big receiver that can do it all. London played basketball at USC too, so he has exceptional footwork for a player his size.
The best bet to be the first receiver off the board is London. He has a rare combination of size and agility, and he jumped off the screen when watching his film. Treylon Burks has an outside chance to be the top receiver though, as he was arguably more valuable to his team than Jameson Williams.
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