Sure it’s a small sample size, but Atlanta Falcons rookie Drake London is in elite company two games into his professional career.
According to Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus (PFF), London’s joins a small, but elite group of wide receivers who were 21 during their rookie season, and had more than 150 yards receiving in their first-two games.
“Falcons WR Drake London joins a talented list of 21 year old rookie WRs with 150+ receiving yards through their first two NFL games: Stefon Diggs, Desean Jackson, Randy Moss, DeAndre Hopkins, Rondale Moore, CeeDee Lamb, Keke Coutee, Amari Cooper, Ja’Marr Chase, DK Metcalf,” wrote Spielberger on Twitter.
Moore and Coutee may be the only two players on the list who aren’t household names among casual football fans. Moore had 11 catches for 182 yards and a touchdown to start his career last season with the Arizona Cardinals. The hot start didn’t translate to the rest of the season as he finished with 54 catches for 435 yards, and he didn’t get back into the end zone.
Coutee had 17 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown for the Houston Texans in 2018, but his career high in yardage is 400 yards in 2020.
The others on that list are either former stars, current stars, or budding stars.
Moss, Jackson, and Hopkins each had more than 10,000-yards receiving. Cooper, still just 28, has over 7,000 yards and 47 touchdowns, and Lamb, Chase, and Metcalf are all rising stars in the NFL.
London comes with the physical talent and draft pedigree to put himself with the majority of players on that list that includes multiple Pro-Bowl nods and at least one Hall of Famer (Moss).
The Falcons bet big when they took London No. 8 overall in last year’s NFL Draft, and so far in his career he looks like a hit in Atlanta.