2021 NFL Draft: Elijah Moore Player Profile

Elijah Moore 2021 NFL Draft Overview

Position: Wide receiver
Height: 5′-9 ½”
Weight: 178 pounds
Arms: 30.125”
Hands: 9.375”
School: Ole Miss

Pro Day Performance Data

40-yard dash: 4.32
Vertical: 36”
Broad: 121”
Three-cone: 6.65
Bench press: 17 reps

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Elijah Moore 2021 NFL Draft Profile

As a true freshman in 2018, Moore saw immediate playtime as he appeared in all 11 games and was the team’s third-leading receiver, making 36 catches for 398 yards and two touchdowns. In 2019, the sophomore was named third-team All-SEC and started in all 12 games for Ole Miss. Moore led the team in receiving as he tallied 67 receptions for 850 yards and six touchdowns. Furthermore, he finished fifth in the SEC in catches per game with a 5.6 average as well as finishing ninth in receiving yards per game with a 70.8 average.

Last season, as a 2020 junior, Moore had his best collegiate season. Moore was named first-team All-American after he started all eight games during the shortened season. During that time, Moore racked up an Ole Miss record 86 catches for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns. Moreover, Moore led the country in receiving yards per game with an average of 149.1 along with also leading the country in catches per game with an average of 10.8.   

Strengths

  • Elite speed and agility;
  • Moore brings a lot of versatility as he has aligned both within the slot and outside the numbers;
  • He is a big play waiting to happen whether it be through a long throw and catch or taking a short route to the house with his dynamic run after the catch skills;
  • Solid strength for a player of his size;
  • Unreal change of direction in gym shorts as well as in pads which has helped improve his route running;
  • Very strong hands and can secure catches through traffic and hits;
  • Tremendous awareness when facing defensive zone coverages;
  • Tough player who has gotten better each season in college.

Weaknesses

  • Below average size for the position;
  • Will not give much as a run blocker, but that does not stop him from trying;
  • Is not quite a route technician yet;
  • Lankier corners may give him trouble with jams at the next level.

NFL Comparison: Present-day Antonio Brown without character concerns.  

Teams With Need at Position: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans

Projection: Late First to Mid Second Round 

Bottom Line on Elijah Moore

While Moore has not received the same level of hype as some of the other top receivers in this year’s draft class, he is every bit as deserving. Moore’s elite 40-yard dash time will catch eyes, but it’s his three-cone time that should make you excited. For reference, Julian Edelman’s 6.62 three-cone time is the gold standard when it comes to short-area quickness in route running along with the slot. Moore’s 6.65 three-cone is right on par with that and his tape shows it off.

Additionally, Moore is not one of these players who loses speed or agility when he straps the pads on. He has elite change of direction coupled with strong hands which manage to haul the ball in through traffic. While Moore has below-average size for the position, it should not matter one bit when it comes to impacting his draft stock. Finally, Ole Miss has gone on an impressive run recently with producing high-end NFL receivers such as D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown which should be taken into consideration when evaluating Moore

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