Player Profile: Elijah Moore

Height: 5’9”
Weight: 185 lbs
School: Ole Miss
NFL Comparison: Emmanuel Sanders

Why you’re drafting him…

Elijah may be the best player named “Moore” in the 2021 class… and I genuinely mean that. He’s had two successful seasons over the last couple of years at Ole Miss, with his 2020 season showing out with eye-popping stats. In only eight games, Moore managed 86 grabs, 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns. On top of that, he rushed 14 times for an additional 64 yards. Had he played in a full-scheduled season (let’s say 12 games to match his sophomore year), he was on pace for a whopping 129 receptions, 1,790 yards and 12 trips to the endzone. He’s a natural pass catcher with smooth routes and is absolutely electric with the ball in his hands. There’s a certain level of swagger to this man’s game that makes me think “wow, this dude is a dog!”. He’s the type of player that an NFL team would design plays specifically to get the ball to him. He’s explosive, shifty and agile enough to make people miss in the open field and I think his game is going to transition well into the NFL. I definitely see him lining up in the slot a majority of the time, but elite slot receivers are some of the most coveted players in the entire league

Needs to improve…

With the exception of his size, there’s not much to dislike about Moore. He’s actually pretty tough for a guy of his stature and does not seem to shy away from being physical whenever it is necessary. I’d imagine he struggles a bit with press coverage, but I don’t think it’s going to matter much if he’s lining up primarily in the slot. He’s an elite-level talent with the ball in his hands and is going to do some massive damage as a pro

Prediction for 2021 NFL Draft…

Moore will likely be a day-two pick and an early one at that. I could see him going in the middle of the second round to a team that’s in dire need of a slot receiver… perhaps the Tennessee Titans? It would definitely be fun watching him reunite with AJ Brown and I think that with Jonnu Smith and Corey Davis potentially leaving, he’d be a day-one starter. Other likely landing spots would be Green Bay, LA Chargers, Washington and New England

Dynasty fantasy football spin…

From a landing spot perspective, the Titans or the Packers would be my top choice for Moore’s fantasy future. However, I think he deserves to be a top-15 pick in dynasty drafts wherever he ends up. As I mentioned before, he’s got a ton of talent and could make the starting lineup on day one with a team that needs to find their guy in the slot. While we likely won’t see his ceiling for a couple of years, I’d definitely call him one of the more NFL-ready receivers in this draft class and will be targeting him in the late first/early second round of my drafts

Check out Zack Patraw of NFL Draft Bible on Sports Illustrated break down Elijah Moore with the guys on the Loaded Box Podcast (Moore discussion starts at the 48:25 mark of the episode)

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