Teams are always looking to add more weapons to their passing game and there is no lack of options at the wide receiver position in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Elijah Moore. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on the former All-SEC wideout from Ole Miss.
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Elijah Moore Draft Profile
College: Ole Miss
One of the most productive receivers in the nation last year (No. 1 in receiving yards per game), Moore is a slot guy with exceptional change-of-direction ability and pound-for-pound toughness, making him difficult to bring down after the catch. He gets separation on underneath routes with the ability to stop and start on a dime, as well as change directions without having to gear down. Ole Miss tried to get the ball into his hands early, and he proved to be slippery after the catch as well as a tough finisher with a low center of gravity. He flashed the ability to get downfield, where he tracks the ball well.
A lot of what Moore did in college came on manufactured touches that had him working out of motion or off the line of scrimmage to avoid press coverage. Ultimately, his numbers were inflated by a lot of routes that won’t translate to the NFL — he walks the line between slot receiver and gadget guy.
Moore should at least be a fun weapon in a creative offense, and his athleticism and toughness should ultimately translate well to the slot.
Final Grade: 2nd/3rd round
(Top photo courtesy of olemisssports.com)