Former Ole Miss Rebels wide receiver Elijah Moore is looking to follow in the footsteps of D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown, who were all on the same team in 2018 and were both drafted within the first two rounds.
Moore will now join that exclusive club as he was selected with 34th overall pick by the New York jets in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. The 5-foot-9 wideout broke Brown’s school record for receptions with 86 receptions this past season. He also had 1,193 receiving yards, which were good for second in the SEC and seventh in Division 1, and eight touchdowns in eight games played.
Moore was a phenomenal wide receiver at Ole Miss and should be a playmaker in first year for whatever team drafts him. The 5-foot-9 wideout showed that he can play either outside or in the slot. The first-team All-SEC selection is a solid route runner with deceptive speed that can get behind a defense. This past season, we saw Moore create a lot of big plays off the sluggo route in Ole Miss’s spread offense. With his 4.32 speed 40-yard dash speed, we could see a few big plays from the wide receiver this season.
Fantasy football impact
Moore is on the smaller side and might not have prototypical WR1 size, but is one of the best playmaking pass catchers in the draft. He has a sub-4.40-second 40-yard dash to help him make big plays after the catch and can run routes effectively on all three levels. The Jets are looking to overhaul their offense with play-action passing, and Moore can be a factor alongside Corey Davis and Jamison Crowder. Moore might fall through the cracks at times in Year 1 because he’s playing for a rebuilding franchise, but he’ll certainly have some monster games in his first pro season.
Moore isn't a one-trick pony. His ability to contribute as a return man raises his ceiling, but his true potential won’t be made clear until he moves out of the WR3 role he’s likely to take on as a rookie. He was extremely productive in his final collegiate season despite playing in just eight games and can do the same thing in the pros as a top option. Moore is one of the most well-rounded receivers in his draft class and could end being a stud for years.