By Mehdi Jullien – April 28 at 10:30 am
Can the new slot specialist be more than that?
A little over a month before the draft (April 29), the editorial staff of touchdownactu offers you its annual « draft sheet ». 80 players, 40 in attack and 40 in defense, among the best university players, who will delight your favorite NFL team in 2021.
Elijah Moore – Receiver – 21 years old – Ole Miss – Junior
Cut : 1m80
Weight: 81 kg
Estimated draft position: Second round
2020 stats: 86 receptions, 1,193 yards, 8 touchdowns
NFL Comparison: Cole beasley
– Yards after reception
Elijah Moore is the prototype receiver in slot 2.0. He has all the qualities to already be a threat in the NFL at this position on the field.
The receiver of Ole Miss is first of all equipped with foolproof hands. He releases very few passes that are thrown towards him. Over his entire career, he only made 10 drops out of 200 catchable passes. It is a quality that he improves more and more, because during the last university season, he made only two drops.
In addition, when he has the ball in his hands, it is a danger to the defenses thanks to a mixture of speed, agility and toughness. Indeed, Moore broke 18 tackles in 2020 and he won numerous contested receptions.
– Size weight
– Plot tree
Elijah Moore is going to have to show something other than what he did in the NCAA.
Indeed, during his entire university career, he played almost exclusively as a slot receiver. In three years at Ole Miss, he played over 90% of his team’s offensive snaps in slot position. He therefore played very little against man-to-man defenses. In 2020, Moore had to face press defenses 38 times on him. This is little. In addition, his plot tree is restricted due to his positioning on the field at Ole Miss.
Finally, it will have to expand physically. Despite his toughness to the touch, he lacks the size and weight for the NFL and that is likely to scare several teams. He’s likely to come down to the draft because of it.
New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers
Elijah Moore has the potential for a first-round draft, but his physical dimensions and one-dimensional Ole Miss side risk taking him down in the second round. However, he has the main qualities to be a threat on an NFL field whether in the slot or away. Will he follow the same fate of Justin Jefferson? Before his draft, the Vikings receiver was predicted to play a slot receiver role. He’s shown a lot more than that with Minnesota.