INDIANAPOLIS — USC wide receiver Drake London is not running drills at the 2022 NFL Combine, instead looking ahead to his pro day as the Trojans star continues to rehab the injury that cost him most of his 2021 season.
“I just started running about a week ago,” London said at the combine on Wednesday. “So I’ll probably say, give me like 15 more percent and I’ll be 100. Run at pro day. That’s my goal.”
Instead, he’s hoping that his trip to Indianapolis can help NFL teams get to know the talented athlete.
“I mean obviously I’m not doing physical tests here, so just solidify who I am as a person,” London said.
The scouts will be back in LA for the pro day, because London has the kind of size and athleticism that teams can dream on at the wide receiver position.
London checked in a 6-foot-4, 219 pounds. A former basketball player, he’s expected to have an above-average vertical jump and a strong 40-yard dash time at pro day could send him into the top of the first round.
London suffered a fractured ankle in a game against Arizona in October that kept him out for the remainder of the 2021 season. He still had a 1,000-yard season in just eight games and finished his Trojans career with 2,153 yards and 15 touchdowns in just 22 games.
But the late date of the injury put the press on London’s offseason plans. He credited his basketball background for developing him into the kind of well-rounded athlete he needed to be to quickly rehab the injury.
“Basketball has helped me in every way possible and I was blessed that I was able to play most sports as long as I possibly can,” London said. “It’s definitely helped me transition into football.”
It’s no surprise that basketball helped London rebound after the injury set him back.