Falcons select Drake London with No. 8 overall 2022 NFL Draft pick

The Falcons have selected USC receiver Drake London with the No. 8 overall pick.

Learn more about the newest Falcon right here:

2021 Stats: Eight starts | 88 receptions | 1,084 yards | 12.3 yards per catch 7 touchdowns | 8 drops

Honors: Second Team All-Pac 12 (2020); Pac-12 Offensive POY (2021); First Team All-Pac 12 (2021); Pac-12 Reception Leader (2021); Led team in receiving yards in 2021

Quote: “It’s gonna be like twin towers.” – Drake London on playing with Kyle Pitts

What they need next: Edge rusher and receiver were the Falcons’ top two needs heading into the draft, and they helped one of those position groups with the No. 8 overall pick. They did so with Florida State pass rusher Jermaine Johnson and every receiver still available, hand-picking their favorite wideout from the group.

The Falcons still have a lot to address, especially on the defensive side. They need help rushing off the edge, maybe more than one pass rusher, in addition to offensive line help at guard and tackle. They could use a cornerback and some help on the defensive interior. Quarterback is the obvious wild card, with a level of uncertainty about whether they’ll take a passer on Day 2 or at any point in this draft.

In-depth analysis: Check out Tori McElhaney’s breakdown of how London fits in with the Falcons

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