London (ankle) ‘feels better,’ nixes 40 at pro day

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    Paolo UggettiESPN

Potential top-10 NFL draft pick Drake London did not run the 40-yard dash at his official pro day Friday morning. London, who suffered a broken ankle in October, took part in a few cone drills and situational passing routes at USC with several NFL scouts.

“Everybody has six to eight weeks, a couple months to really train for that, whether it’s broad jump or vertical,” London said of his decision to not run the 40-yard dash. “I was just trying get back to running. “

London said that the recovery process was “painful,” but that it was much faster than expected. London said that he began to run at 6 mph on a treadmill a week before March’s NFL combine. He felt that it was important for him have a pro-day to show scouts that his movements were the same as before the injury.

” My body feels stronger, faster, and more powerful,” London stated. “I feel like I have matured in the game. This is my second year of playing wide receiver football. So I feel better every day. “

Jordan Palmer and T.J. Houshmandzadeh helped conduct London’s pro day, which featured scouts representing the Arizona Cardinals, Washington Commanders, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions, among others. John Dorsey, Detroit’s top personnel executive, holds the No.

London was also present when asked about his speed.

When London was asked about his speed, he replied: “Watch the movie. I don’t have the balls to catch them, and I don’t even have to throw by the guys. I can, but not necessarily. “

I’m told, #USC WR Drake London will not be running a 40 at his pro day workout today. Here are his official measurements:

Hands: 9 3/8
Arm: 33 7/8
Wing: 79 5/8
Height: 6’3 7/8
Weight: 213 lbs

— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) April 15, 2022

London amassed over 2,000 receiving yards in three years at USC, including a 1,000-yard season in just eight games before his injury last year. London, a former dual-sport athlete, came to USC to play basketball and football. However, he switched to football full-time in the final eight games of his junior season.

“Everybody knew where the ball was going,” London said when asked about his ability to separate and excel despite the defense. “I had triple coverage, twice the coverage throughout the game and it didn’t stop my. I don’t care what they have to say about it. “

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