Much like his offensive partner in crime, Kenny Yeboah, Elijah Moore will be joining elite company as an Ole Miss wide receiver when he makes it to the NFL. After a disappointing end to his sophomore season, Moore made a huge jump in his junior year. With the tape from his time at the University of Mississippi, here is your 2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report on Elijah Moore.
Elijah Moore 2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: the Pros
- Route Running
Simply put, Elijah Moore is a BEAST. The last two seasons at the University of Mississippi proved his talent level and dedication to the game. Each year he grew exponentially in arguably the most difficult conference in college football. The answer to “how?” is really not that difficult to see.
First of all, Moore went from solely a slot receiver to a player that can be used at any position. Under head coach Lane Kiffin, Moore was used as a deep threat, slot receiver, sweep target, running back, etc. Even though he can play at any position, he produced the best out of the slot thanks to his polished skill set that will translate well to the next level.
This clip shows off Moore’s skill as a deep threat from the slot. He finds himself in man coverage, breaks off the line quickly, leaves his defender in the dust, and makes the easy catch for a score. This play was pure perfection from the play call, to the trot into the endzone.
Moore’s final stats are much better than those outlined in this tweet, but the video puts his skills with the ball in his hands on display. Elijah Moore has been a monster in terms of yards after catch, and this big play against Arkansas in 2019 shows what he can do. He makes the catch on a slant and turns it up with a slight turn of the hips; just two minor moves later, and he’s in the endzone.
Elijah Moore has all of the skills necessary to become a big time contributor in the NFL, and there isn’t much that should hold him back.
2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report Elijah Moore: the Cons
- Possible Discipline Concerns
Before that last bullet point gets taken to mean something it doesn’t, I strictly mean on the field. There are no red flags regarding Elijah Moore’s off-field behavior. The only possible disciplinary concerns stem from a few firey moments, namely the replication of a particular endzone celebration in the 2019 Egg Bowl. Since then, Moore has been nothing but a class act.
With that out of the way, the first two cons on Moore are genuine concerns that NFL scouts and general managers will take into account. Simply put, he isn’t a big guy. The diminutive receiver stands just five-foot, nine-inches, and 185 pounds. There are only a handful of NFL players at that height or smaller, and they have all had to become exceptional to carve out their respective roles in the league.
Based on that small frame, it is difficult for Moore to play with an edge at times, especially against more physically imposing players. This is most often exposed after Moore is hit. While he is extremely gifted after the catch, his numbers aren’t nearly the same after he’s hit.
Elijah Moore NFL Comp: Tyreek Hill
Ok, Ok, before I get killed for comparing Moore to a player who is now regarded as one of the most dangerous skill position players in football, hear me out. Moore and Hill have similar frames and skill sets. The main difference is their experience before making their way to the league.
Both Moore and Hill are undersized receivers: Hill is just an inch taller, and both players stay around the same weight. They both kill opposing defenses with their speed and shiftiness from anywhere on the field. They’re both consistent and provide their offenses with an variable option that will create openings for themselves and other players.
Prior to getting drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round, Hill played as a true utility player at Oklahoma State. There, he got most of his touches as a running option, racking up 534 rushing yards in just one season. Moore, on the other hand, was able to perform at the highest level against some of the nation’s best competition.
As a junior, under Lane Kiffin and Jeff Lebby, Moore was arguably the second best receiver in college football (no one, and I mean no one, was close to DeVonta Smith). Moore played in eight games, caught 86 passes, and created 1193 yards, and that doesn’t account for his usage as a rushing option.
Elijah Moore isn’t projected to be a top wideout pick in this year’s draft, and that just means whoever gets him later on won’t be getting a diamond in the rough. They’ll just be getting a diamond.