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Falcons take Drake London at No. 8

Not running the 40 yard dash ended up not being a problem for receiver Drake London as he heads to the Falcons as the eighth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, but he still needs someone to throw to him in Atlanta.

The Falcons had their choice of quarterbacks with the eighth overall choice. They instead selected a receiver over Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett and Liberty quarterback Malik Willis.

USC’s Drake London was the choice for Atlanta. He will pair with last year’s No. 4 overall choice, tight end Kyle Pitts, for veteran quaterback Marcus Mariota.

Mariota signed a two-year deal with the Falcons with an out after 2022, so the team is expected to select a quarterback at some point in this draft. It was not to be in the first round, though.

The Falcons were in need of a No. 1 receiver after losing Calvin Ridley to a suspension for all of 2022. London joins a receiving corps that includes Olamide Zaccheaus, Auden Tate, Damiere Byrd, KhaDarel Hodge, Austin Trammell and Frank Darby. So, there was an obvious need.