49ers mock NFL Draft: 5 first-round targets for San Francisco

Drake London (15) of the USC Trojans (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Drake London (15) of the USC Trojans (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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Drake London, USC Trojans
Southern California Trojans wide receiver Drake London (15) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

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49ers NFL Draft Target No. 2: Wide Receiver Drake London, USC

Even if the Niners are able to turn Brandon Aiyuk’s career around sooner than later, John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan shouldn’t completely avoid restocking the wide receiver room altogether.

Both because of the lack of proven depth and the need to surround Trey Lance with weapons.

At some point, teams simply need to gamble on sheer specimen-like players, and few epitomize that more than USC wide receiver Drake London, who at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, has the build of a lean tight end with the yards-after-the-catch ability primed to thrive in Shanahan’s offense.

True, a preferred Shanahan-type wideout might be Ohio State’s Chris Olave, who has the speed necessary to get behind defenses.

But even looking at the surface-level stats of London, it’d be hard not to get excited about the idea of adding London to San Francisco’s offense:

Drake London Receiving & Rushing Table
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2019 USC Pac-12 FR WR 8 39 567 14.5 5 0 0 0 39 567 14.5 5
2020 USC Pac-12 SO WR 6 33 502 15.2 3 0 0 0 33 502 15.2 3
2021 USC Pac-12 JR WR 7 79 1003 12.7 5 1 2 2.0 0 80 1005 12.6 5
Career USC 151 2072 13.7 13 1 2 2.0 0 152 2074 13.6 13

Provided by CFB at Sports Reference
Generated 10/26/2021.

At best, a player like London won’t slip any further than the late 20s of the 2022 NFL Draft, meaning the 49ers would have to act aggressively if they wanted to target him.

But if fortune favors the bold, London’s long-term potential could certainly make it worthwhile.