The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Elijah Moore 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Elijah Moore Background
Position: Wide Receiver
Size: 5-foot-9, 185 pounds
2020 stats: 86 receptions, 1,193 receiving yards, eight touchdowns, 13.9 yards per reception, 64 rushing yards
Moore got better every year he was on campus at Ole Miss and has molded himself into a good NFL Draft prospect. Now he is preparing to hear his name called by the commissioner.
He was a four-star recruit out of Florida who decided to leave his home state for Ole Miss. Moore saw the field a decent amount as a freshman and registered 36 catches for 398 yards and two touchdowns. Ole Miss went 5-7 on the season and missed out on a bowl game. For Moore’s sophomore season, he had 67 receptions for 850 yards and six touchdowns. The team’s record dropped to 4-8 for that season. His production increased in 2020, even though Ole Miss played just eight games. He had 86 receptions for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns. The team’s record improved to 5-5 on the year with Lane Kiffin in charge.
It would be hard for Moore to produce more than he did in the 2020 season, so he decided to declare. He is projected to be a first or second round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Moore is a solid route-runner who can gain separation. He has solid releases at the line of scrimmage to set up his routes. Moore runs crisp routes, as he changes direction quickly. Once he breaks on his route, his speed helps him leave ground between him and a defender. Moore also has shown a proclivity for finding soft spots in zone coverage.
His ability when the ball is in his hands is among the best in the class. He has good quickness, change of direction and speed, which makes him elusive in the open field. Moore also uses his field vision very well to find open running lanes with the ball in his hand. Simply put, Moore is a threat for big plays and any time he gets the ball in his hands he can score. Ole Miss had plenty of screen passes to him over his career for this reason.
The versatility that Moore provides can make him more valuable in the NFL. Moore can play outside receiver, in the slot and be used on a variety of end arounds and jet sweeps. Most of the time in the NFL, he will line up in the slot, but the ability to be moved around on offense can make him an interesting chess piece for an offensive coordinator to use.
He is very small for the NFL at 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds. This limits him in plenty of areas, as it makes it harder for him to block and he doesn’t usually run through tackles. He’ll need to add more play strength for these areas. While he has good hands, his catch-radius is also limited.
Moore isn’t known for making contested catches. Teams won’t want to throw 50/50 balls his way, as he is usually going to be guarded by a bigger player. Players are more physical than him and make it tough for him to catch the ball in contested situations.
Blocking does not come easy to Moore. He shows great effort to block on running plays and screens, but he can’t sustain his blocks for extended periods of time. If he can add strength and improve his blocking, it could help his offense spring more big plays.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Second Round Pick
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