This has become a popular pairing for me during mock draft exercises. In 2021, Drake London was on pace to put up numbers on the same level as current Eagles’ WR Devonta Smith. London easily eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in less than eight full games, adding seven touchdowns in that span. That type of production is unheard of. The Eagles’ aforementioned Smith stands alone on the depth chart when it comes to playmakers in the WR group.
Smith is one of the best route runners in the entire league, giving QB Jalen Hurts an elite chain mover. Let’s give him a jump ball type of guy to add another wrinkle to the offense. Hurts had spurts of extreme inaccuracy last season, and one way to help that is to bring in a player that can erase some of those errors. With his otherworldly catch radius and knack for coming down with the ball, there aren’t many passes that London can’t bring in.
This is the best case scenario for the Giants in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. They added arguably the best player in the draft — Kyle Hamilton — with their first pick. Then, after adding a 2023 first-round pick from the Steelers, GM Joe Schoen selects Trevor Penning to be the right tackle of the future.
Penning brings a mean streak to the position that few in the league can match. He plays to the end of the whistle — and sometimes well after it. He displays incredible grip strength when he’s engaged with defenders, and is one of the best athletes in the draft when you factor in how big of a specimen he is. His former Northern Iowa teammate — Spencer Brown — was drafted by Buffalo last year, the exact place Schoen (and head coach Brian Daboll) came from.