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Elijah Moore Drafted by Jets: New York's Updated Depth Chart After Round 2

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 30, 2021

Mississippi wide receiver Elijah Moore (8) runs for yardage during their game against Vanderbilt, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
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One of college football's most productive wide receivers last season will call New York home after the Jets selected Ole Miss' Elijah Moore with the 34th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

The 21-year-old caught 86 passes for 1,198 yards and eight touchdowns in just eight games for the Rebels in 2020. He caught at least 10 passes for 92 yards in seven of those matchups.

The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native also finished first among all Division I-FBS pass-catchers in receiving yards per game.

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Elijah Moore balled out last season, don't sleep 🙅‍♂️😴 Most Receiving Yards Per Game (FBS) - 2020 Elijah Moore - 149.1 DeVonta Smith - 142.8 Jaelon Darden - 132.2 #HottyToddy https://t.co/m1wP7Ct1nS

Here's a look at how the depth chart shakes out with him.

     

Jets' Offensive Depth Chart

QB: Zach Wilson, James Morgan, Mike White

RB: Lamical Perine, Ty Johnson

WR: Corey Davis, Jamison Crowder, Denzel Mims, Elijah Moore

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TE: Christopher Herndon, Ryan Griffin

LT: Mekhi Becton, Chuma Edoga

LG: Alijah Vera-Tucker, Cameron Clark

C: Connor McGovern, James Murray

RG: Alex Lewis/Greg Van Roten, Dan Feeney

RT: George Fant, Chuma Edoga

Depth chart info provided by Ourlads, Over the Cap and Connor Hughes of The Athletic.

     

He posted some other eye-popping stats, per Pro Football Focus:

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Elijah Moore caught 97% of catchable targets beyond the line of scrimmage in 2020. Best among all WRs in College Football. https://t.co/gxpaw1okof

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Elijah Moore didn't drop a single pass in the redzone at Ole Miss (25 targets) https://t.co/TObtHyvUz1

The 5'9", 178-pound Moore shined at his March Pro Day too, running a 4.32-second 40-yard dash and posting a 36-inch vertical leap, per Nick Suss of the Mississippi Clarion Ledger.

Moore almost exclusively worked from the slot in college, as Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus noted. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com and others noted that Moore may be a bit small to play slot on the next level, but the explosiveness can't be denied. Zierlein notably compared Moore to free-agent wideout and four-time first-team All-Pro Antonio Brown.

The B/R NFL Scouting Department ranked the first-team All-American 31st overall and fifth among wideouts on its final big board.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network put him 38th on his last board and wrote:

"Moore is an undersized wideout with outstanding versatility, quickness and toughness. He has experience lining up outside, in the slot and in the backfield. He has excellent quickness in his release and is clean/crisp at the top of routes. He gets a lot of quick hitters and he's very elusive after the catch. He also makes some huge plays over the top, tracking the ball naturally and showing reliable hands. He is effective when used as a runner out of the backfield, too. He hits the hole full-go and can make defenders miss. Overall, Moore lacks size, but he'll be a stud in the slot and can also help in the return game."

After a star-studded career, Moore now moves onto the NFL to play for the Jets in hopes of providing the same electricity and explosiveness that he did in Oxford, Mississippi.

Moore joins a Jets team that features Corey Davis and Denzel Mims as the outside receivers and Jamison Crowder working in the slot. He figures to be the next man up for playing time if anything happens to a player in the top trio.

Regardless, the Jets now have a deep wide receiver group to help rookie quarterback Zach Wilson as he transitions to the NFL. It's certainly possible Wilson and Moore connect at MetLife Stadium for a decade-plus.

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