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Elijah Moore NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for New York Jets WR

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IApril 30, 2021

Mississippi wide receiver Elijah Moore (8) runs for yardage during an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Moore was selected to The Associated Press All-America first-team offense, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Wade Payne/Associated Press


HEIGHT:
 5'9 ½"

WEIGHT: 178

  

POSITIVES

— Extremely productive in his final season. Ole Miss dialed up a lot of plays with the intent to get the ball in Moore’s hands and lined him up all over the formation.

— Very good hands and catching ability. Good body control and is comfortable extending to snatch throws while on the move. Has the hand-eye coordination to even consistently bring in one-handed catches.

— Good route runner with the ability to win inside and out. Will do little things like stack a CB after he wins on a vertical route. Shows very good footwork that’s clean and lets him get the proper depth on routes. Understands soft spots in zones and how to throttle down.

— Consistently shows good body control and play strength for his size. Can play through contact down the field and maintain his course.

— Tough and competitive player. Plays with an edge and more than willing to make a tough catch in traffic and over the middle.

— Ole Miss put a lot on his plate mentally, and he handled it well. Never seems to be playing slow because he does not know his assignment.

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NEGATIVES

— Lack of size will always make him a question mark against bigger opponents and for durability. You appreciate his competitiveness, but he consistently gets knocked back by defenders when blocking.

— Inconsistent when dealing with press because of size and play strength. Aligned mostly from the slot in college.

— Just OK on creating yards after the catch, leaves you wanting more based on his size and playstyle. He is more of a one-speed guy with very good body control as opposed to having game-breaking speed.

  

2020 STATISTICS


8 G, 86 rec., 1,193 yards, 13.9 avg., 8 TD

   

OVERALL

Elijah Moore is an undersized WR who has more of a traditional skill set at the WR position. Moore primarily lined up in the slot at Ole Miss, but he was featured in the offense and asked to align in spots across the formation based on the play call. Although he had plenty of “gadget” plays designed just for him, Moore is a good route runner on all three levels and gets targets in the natural flow of a progression, and he will be able to contribute on Day 1 working from the slot in high-leverage situations like on third down.

Moore consistently plays with a competitive edge and toughness, he shows no fear working over the middle and is more than willing to extend for throws away from his body. Although it’s easy to love the heart he plays with, he is shorter and lacks bulk, which shows up in blocking and also versus press on the outside. There are concerns about how much play strength he can add on the outside and will need to work on refining his releases to be able to consistently contribute from an outside alignment at the NFL level.

Moore is a good overall athlete but lacks true game-breaking acceleration and twitch, and he is more of a smooth runner who plays with good contact balance and gets more steady yards that move the chains as opposed to putting points on the board. Overall, Moore will be able to contribute right away from the slot and has the upside of being a very good No. 2 option for a good NFL offense, with his path to greater success being dictated by his ability to win on the outside.

   

GRADE: 7.92/10 (2nd round)

OVERALL RANK: 31/300

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PRO COMPARISON: Brandin Cooks

    

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice

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