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Updated March 1, 2022
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

Sources from multiple teams in the top 10 love the tape on USC wide receiver Drake London. In 2021, London was dominating college football before a broken ankle ended his season early. Still over only eight games, he recorded 88 catches for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns. The one question some evaluators have about London is his speed, which creates concern if he can separate from NFL defensive backs. Those questions won’t get answered at the combine, according to team sources. Multiple NFL sources told on Monday they don’t expect London to run the 40 at the combine and think he may not run at all before the 2022 NFL Draft due to his recovery from the fractured ankle.

Team sources say that it was not clear if London would run the 40 at his pro day from speaking with him during the team interviews on Monday night. This was not as a surprise to teams because they were not expecting London to run at the combine after the injury. As one source put it, London’s tape is so good, it might be in his interest to not run at all before the 2022 NFL Draft. The same source also said if the 6-foot-5, 210-pound London ran faster than expected, it could turn him into one of the first picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Some sources believe London will end up as a top-five pick anyway, so they think running might not be worth the risk because London putting up slow times could simply create more concerns with teams.

While London will have the speed concerns being discussed in draft meetings, scouts love his tape and multiple teams with top-10 picks are very high on London, so he could easily be one of the first players to have his name called on the opening night of the 2022 NFL Draft despite not working out before the draft.