2021 NFL Draft Prospect WR Elijah Moore
2021 Draft Profile:
Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
5’9, 185 lbs
Elijah Moore went from a flashy yet mostly unknown sophomore to a superstar as a 2020 junior for the Rebels. Moore put together an almost unreal 86-1,193-8 stat line in just 8(!!!) games last year. While playing a 100% SEC schedule he had 10+ catches and 90+ yards in all but 1 game (Auburn). Let the record show that he still scored a touchdown in that matchup. His 1,192 yards ended up being 2nd in the nation in receiving, all while playing with a streaky QB that wasn’t afraid to tuck and run instead of throw. Reflecting back it looks as though this may have been known as one of the greatest single season performances in conference history if it wasn’t overshadowed by back to back record breaking performances by fellow draft classmates Ja’Marr Chase and DeVonta Smith.
After watching the tape Moore shows off his ability to win with outstanding speed, advanced route running and strong hands. Although he’s an undersized target and not much of a tackle breaker there’s a lot to love about his overall game and projection to the next level. Every professional team needs at least one guy with Moore’s top asset: the threat to go vertical and burn the defense at any moment. His size may say slot receiver but he also can be the outside field stretcher used to keep safeties honest over the top. There’s also an impressive mix of savvy veteran nuance to his game for being only 20 years old. His previous head coach Lane Kiffin has compared Elijah to Steve Smith, which is the ultimate complement that any receiver could receive. I personally think that may be a little too generous as Smith was truly generational in terms of being so physical despite the size limitations. I see a lot of TY Hilton in his game that any NFL team in the mid 2nd to early 3rd should be ecstatic to select. At worst I think he’s a Jamison Crowder type that can carve out a long term role on Sunday’s. In a lesser year he could flirt with the 1st round but there’s a logjam of talent at the top of this class. Depending on landing spot (Tennessee? New Orleans? Green Bay?) Moore could be a late Round 1 dynasty pick, but likely ends up an early to mid 2nd rounder with plenty of upside. Here’s to one of many game changers that your favorite team has 1 in 32 odds of taking in the always exciting upcoming NFL draft!