2022 NFL Mock Draft: Miami Dolphins build around Tua Tagovailoa

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2022 NFL Mock Draft
Oct 2, 2021; Boulder, Colorado, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Drake London (15) and running back Vavae Malepeai (6) celebrate a score in the second half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

2022 NFL Mock Draft: Miami Dolphins build around Tua Tagovailoa

Second-round pick: Drake London, WR, USC

Jaylen Waddle (wide receiver) and tight end Mike Gesicki are the only two reliable receiving options the Fins have. Will Fuller was a bust, and Devante Parker’s health is always an issue. Albert Wilson hasn’t found his footing in the Dolphins offense. And Preston Williams earned himself a spot on the healthy scratch list. Miami needs a player who can pair well with Waddle and Gesicki. USC wideout Drake London is the perfect fit.

The Fins haven’t figured out a way to exploit Waddle’s downfield ability. A player like London can help free up space for Waddle. The 6-5 210-pound wideout brings excellent length, big-play ability, and tenacious run blocking. The junior wideout plucks the ball with strong hands and uses his stature to his advantage.

Despite his size, the Fins can use him in the quick passing game. USC used him as run after the catch on screens and bubble routes. London uses his quickness and agility to make guys miss in tight windows.

Like most big receivers, expect London to excel on vertical routes thanks to his body control and athleticism. He also has enough speed to separate. The Trojan wideout would give Tua another target with an insane catch radius who’ll work well in Miami’s 12-personnel and win 50/50 balls. His injury dropped his stock, making him a potential Day 2 steal.