Arthur Smith: Drake London and Kyle Pitts complement each other well

NFL: APR 28 2022 Draft
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A year ago, the Falcons took Kyle Pitts at No. 4 overall. The tight end had a strong rookie season, catching 68 passes for 1,026 yards but only one touchdown.

Needing another dynamic pass catcher, Atlanta picked the first receiver off the board on Thursday, bringing in USC receiver Drake London with the No. 8 overall pick.

After the selection, head coach Arthur Smith said in his press conference that London and Pitts should be a strong pair to lead the receiving corps.

“[London is] a good player. We’re obviously excited. We have a good vision for him,” Smith said. “He has to go out there and earn it, but they are different players, too. Again, look right out there and look at the numbers and say, oh, they are both tall, yeah, but they are different players. They complement each other well. We are excited. He’ll come in here, and he’ll add a lot to this offense and help us be more efficient. Obviously, we need to get more explosive, too. He brings that to the table as well.”

With London being drafted at No. 8 overall, Smith said the intent is for the rookie to be a significant contributor in 2022.

“[B]ut again, we’ll bring him on at his speed,” Smith said. “Certainly, when you put a pick that high on a player, there’s an expectation that this guy needs to contribute. No different than Kyle [Pitts] last year. But we have all been around it, and we are not going to expedite it. He is coming off of an injury last season, he’s good to go, which we still have to be smart as we bring him along and get to camp.”

7 responses to “Arthur Smith: Drake London and Kyle Pitts complement each other well

  1. Last I looked you need a good quarterback to throw the ball to your pass catchers. Falcons don’t have one.

  2. Falcons have so many needs and they draft WRs and TEs. This is why they are always struggling to compete.

  3. They want Malik and they have 2 shots in this round to get him. If SEA passes, he’s going to ATL to be the next scrambling #7.

  4. BuckyBadger says:
    April 29, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Falcons have so many needs and they draft WRs and TEs. This is why they are always struggling to compete.
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    They had no WR’s on the roster. The TE they picked last year is their only viable pass catcher. Drafting OT & LB does no good if the offense can’t score points.

  5. They took the 4th or 5th best receiver and don’t even have a QB to get him the ball

  6. Drake London over some faster receivers is partly a concession to Marcus Mariota’s lack of arm strength. Re a comment that implied a comparison of Malik Willis to the epic talents of Michael Vick – not even in an imagined universe.

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