Elijah Moore 2021 NFL Draft Profile
Is Ole Miss becoming a hot bed for wide receiver talent? AJ Brown and DK Metcalf have flourished in the league and Elijah Moore could potentially be next. Well, I guess Laquon Treadwell didn’t work out so well huh. Moore is much different player than those three guys. Let’s take a look at the Elijah Moore 2021 NFL Draft profile!
Moore is a much smaller and quicker target than the previous guys that were mentioned. Standing in at 5-foot-9, 178, Moore is likely going to be handed slot duties or will be sent as the deep ball guy. Moore was a four-star recruit from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale before landing with the Rebels. The positive is that even with the names ahead of him, Moore contributed as a true freshman.
Moore led the team in receiving in 2019 and 2020. In 2019, he posted a stat line of 67 receptions for 850 yards (12.7 per) and six scores. That was followed up with an even campaign in 2020 slashing his way to 86 receptions for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns. More led the FBS with 10.8 receptions and 149.1 receiving yards per game. Moore was a first team All-SEC selection despite the fact that he opted out of the season after eight games.
There’s a lot to like about Moore. The Ole Miss product ran a 4.35 at the Pro Day. He’s got very strong hands and can make plays adjusting to the ball in the air on deep routes. Moore is really a complete receiver. He’s good in the short and intermediate area. Quick knee bend and can really separate. Those hitch routes one step and go, Moore takes a bunch of them to the house. He can also excel in the return game.
There are some concerns with Moore. He’s definitely undersized and doesn’t have a big catch radius. It’s fair to wonder if he will struggle with bigger corners in the NFL that can keep up with him. The Ole Miss receiver should also do a fair amount of work in the slot. Can he take those big hits over the middle?
I think that’s what sort of separates first and second round receivers. Moore has proven he’s talented but the first round should probably be reserved for receivers like Julio Jones and AJ Green who are much bigger and well rounded targets. Moore is without question underrated heading into this process, however.
I think Elijah Moore is a good player and is safely secure inside the top ten wide outs heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. I still prefer Rondale Moore at Purdue, but Elijah could easily turn into a shorter version of Will Fuller that can make big explosive chunk plays for any team.
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