Elijah Moore Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Mississippi WR Elijah Moore is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFL Draft

Name: Elijah Moore

School: Mississippi - Ole Miss

Year:  Jr

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurements:  5’9” & 184 lbs

 

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A 4-star recruit in high school out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elijah Moore committed to play at Ole Miss in December of his senior season at St. Thomas Aquinas high school. During his time in high school, he was an electric player on the field along with on the track where he ran the lead leg on their 4x100 team. When he got to Ole Miss, he put that sprinter’s speed to use to make up for his lack of height at 5’9.”

Moore had a relatively quiet year during his freshman campaign, but that’s going to happen when you’re behind a trio of stud receivers in D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown and Damarkus Lodge, along with future NFL tight end Dawson Knox. Once those guys were gone, things started to look up for Moore who’s role nearly doubled overnight with double the yardage and triple the touchdown production from Year 1 to Year 2.

If Moore were coming in a little bit taller heading into this draft cycle, he would be talked about in the conversation for being a top-five wide receiver off the board instead of a being seen as one of the possible steals on the second day. Moore’s breakout age of 19.4, target share of 35.2 percent and dominator rating, which is defined as a player’s percentage of his team’s receiving production, of 45.5 percent were all in the 83rd percentile or better. From an analytics and athletics standpoint, he’s going to be a pre-draft darling for all communities.

 

Positional Skills:

 

Despite playing in five fewer games than fellow SEC wideout Devonta Smith, Moore was second in the country in receptions and receiving yards. His speed and short-area quickness allowed him to generate a large amount of production that made him the primary driving force for his offense. He saw at least 10 receptions in seven of eight games, and he registered at least 100 yards in six of the eight games he suited up in.

His impressive speed would make most people assume that he’s a downfield threat that runs go routes on every play similar to Desean Jackson, but that’s not the type of player that he is. He is able to run routes to all areas of the field, and he can line up in multiple positions. When watching the film, Moore will take snaps lined up in the backfield with the quarterback, in the slot, in motion and occasionally on the outside.

His lack of size will prohibit from being a prototypical X-receiver at the next level, but, with the ways he wins, that won’t prevent him from being successful. He’s a natural at generating separation and being strong at the catchpoint when he is contested by a defender. With the way that modern offenses have developed by getting receivers opportunities to touch the ball all over the offensive formation, Moore is the perfect type of player to fit in with where the NFL has been progressing.

 

 

Fit with the Packers:

 

For those of you that are still missing Randall Cobb, Moore just might be for you. Moore is going to come in one inch shorter and about five points lighter than Cobb did coming out of college. However, he makes up for that with his increased athleticism and top-end speed. For a team that’s been looking for a traditional slot receiver to fill out their receiver corps, Moore could fill that role for them.

Additionally, with Tyler Ervin and Tavon Austin both entering unrestricted free agency this offseason, a player that can function in motion and operate behind the line of scrimmage is needed in the Matt LaFleur offense. Adding Moore in order to fill that role would give Green Bay a cheaper option in that spot while simultaneously adding another wrinkle to the offense due to the improvement that he brings in the receiving game over those two players.

Green Bay has Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and likely Allen Lazard, assuming they retain him as an exclusive-rights free agent, as their top three wideouts for next season. Each of those players come in over 6’1” and bring their own element to the passing game, but Moore would bring a different flavor and add a new wrinkle to the offense. For a player that’s likely going to be drafted on Day 2, Green Bay could look to target him to make Green Bay’s offense even more explosive in Year 3 of the Aaron Rodgers-LaFleur pairing.

 

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PatrickGB's picture

March 02, 2021 at 04:13 pm

He is my early draft crush.

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stockholder's picture

March 02, 2021 at 04:14 pm

I want him. But we only have 1 @62 pick. These 5'9" Wrs, are going before @62. - Your still doing a great job of getting my Hopes up.

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HankScorpio's picture

March 02, 2021 at 07:10 pm

If 5'9" in important, you're in luck. There are guys up and down the draft board.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 03, 2021 at 06:19 pm

All SEC 1st team. Moves on the go and gets to the open spot fast. High two pick.

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GatorJason's picture

March 02, 2021 at 06:13 pm

Packers will take an offensive player at 92:
- RB: Jermar Jefferson
- WR: Elijah Moore
- WR: Amari Rodgers

Jermar would be a poor man's replacement for Aaron Jones.
One of the other guys would play a slot and motion guy plus special teams return man.

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splitpea1's picture

March 02, 2021 at 07:47 pm

Right now I'd say we have greater needs to fill with our first three picks, but Gute may think otherwise with the impending free agent losses. We'll need to diversify our offense, and Moore is an obvious upgrade over Austin and Ervin. He supposedly has great hands (always helpful for a WR), but he'll need to be trained on how to handle press coverage and to do the best he can with blocking.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 03, 2021 at 06:18 pm

Hard to press him when he's in motion. Fast feet like Davante. Why would he be anything but a space blocker shielding people?

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splitpea1's picture

March 04, 2021 at 11:55 am

So you don't think he'll be asked to do other things at some point?

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The_Justicar's picture

March 02, 2021 at 11:02 pm

Watched Moore torch my gators first game of the year. Wouldn’t mind him on the pack.

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March 03, 2021 at 02:54 am

Can Ole Miss' Elijah Moore be more than just a slot receiver at the next level?

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