With the 34th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the New York Jets drafted Elijah Moore, wide receiver from Ole Miss. After drafting their franchise quarterback and a lineman to protect him, the Jets bring in yet another weapon to fortify this receiving corps. This is going to be a very different looking Jets team this season. Let’s take a look at what Elijah Moore brings to the Jets.
Elijah Moore Highlights
Elijah Moore NFL Draft Profile and Stats
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 185 lbs
College: Ole Miss Rebels
Elijah Moore 2020 Stats
- Receptions: 86
- Receiving Yards: 1193
- Yards per Reception: 13.9
- Touchdowns: 8
Elijah Moore Draft Profile
Elijah Moore will be the third uber-talented receiver to come out of Ole Miss in the last three years. He, D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown were all teammates in Oxford in 2018. The Rebels made a coaching change when they hired Lane Kiffin last offseason. Moore showcased his versatility in Kiffin’s high-octane offense throughout his junior season. He found success lining up both outside the numbers and in the slot. While his size would suggest that he is better suited for the slot at the NFL level, we have seen small, quick receivers do damage on the perimeter before. Speaking of quickness, Moore has a whole lot of it. He combines his speed with athleticism, toughness and strong hands. He is truly a threat to break a big play every time he touches the ball.
While Moore possesses excellent physical speed and agility, his route running could certainly stand to be polished at the next level. With size being one factor working against him, he also hasn’t proved to be a very effective blocker on running plays. His smaller size also prevents him from having a large catch radius. He could struggle against long and physical NFL corners when running routes down the field.
What to Expect from Moore in 2021
Some teams had Elijah Moore as the fourth-best wide receiver on their board, and the Jets were likely one of them. Moore is a borderline first-round talent that joins this new look Jets offense, catching passes from fellow rookie Zach Wilson. Alongside Corey Davis, Jamison Crowder, Denzel Mims and Keelan Cole, Moore will be fighting for targets. However, he will certainly be the most electric with the ball. The issue is that both Crowder and Cole already play in the slot, so the crowded room could be a quieter rookie season than Moore may want. However, the Jets have their WR set for the future.