4 top prospects who could fall to the Vikings in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Drake London – WR (USC)

Wide receiver isn’t a huge need for the Vikings, but if the right one fell to them at pick No. 12, it would be awfully hard for them to pass. The tricky thing about this year’s wide receiver class is that it is very, very good.

There are prospects like Garrett Wilson, who is a quick-twitch, fluid route runner who can turn on the jets. There’s also Jameson Williams, who could be the best in the entire group with his combination of speed, length, and route running, but he’s coming off an injury.

There is also Chris Olave, who is a route technician with great hands, and overall top-end speed, then there is Drake London, who has that rare size that we only see once every handful of years in players like Julio Jones.

That variety could lead to a team who is looking for a wide receiver to be selective and pick what they want.

If they want that speedy route runner, they may prefer Olave. If they are looking for a burner who can take the top off a defense, then Williams or Wilson could be their choice.

If that does come to pass and teams go with those other prospects, then London could end up sliding down the board a bit and into the Vikings’ laps.

London measured in at the Combine at 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds. He’s got a huge catch radius and knows how to use his big frame to his advantage in jump ball situations. He doesn’t have elite speed, but he was super productive at USC in just 22 career games hauling in 160 receptions for 2,153 yards and 15 touchdowns.

London would give the Vikings that big-bodied receiver they haven’t in many moons and would be an excellent red-zone target for Kirk Cousins in year one if he does somehow fall to the 12th overall choice.

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