Continuing our Green Bay Packers draft coverage at Game on Wisconsin, this week I will be putting wide receiver Elijah Moore out of Ole Miss under the microscope.
Elijah Moore – WR – Ole Miss – 5’9” – 185lbs
Route Running – Smooth as silk in this aspect of his game. Moore does very well to know where he needs to be in his routes and at what time he needs to be there. He can break and cut on a dime, Moore does very well to know when to squat in zone holes and is a nightmare to deal with in the scramble drill. Moore has proven to be a threat on all three levels of the field due to his routes the fluidity and speed in which he runs them. He particularly shines on inside routes across the middle of the field.
YAC Ability – Elijah Moore is absolutely lethal in this department. It does not matter when or how you get the ball in his hands; just do it. Moore displays great vision and incredible burst with the ball in his hands as well as an ability to take a house call any time he touches the ball. He possesses real 4.3 speed. This makes him particularly dangerous on quick slants, screens and jet motion.
2019 stats: 67 receptions, 850 yards, 6 TDs.
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Versatility/Utilization – As mentioned above, Moore is going to kill teams as a runner just as much as he will as a receiver. You can line him up in the slot, out wide, and in the backfield. He is going to be a nightmare for defenses to keep track of and contain no matter where he lines up. Moore’s vision and speed also provide great added value in the return game. Creative offensive coaches are going to be pounding the table for this kid in war rooms across the league on draft day.
Hands/Ball Skills – Moore does well to catch the football away from his frame, displaying strong hands and doesn’t lose anything through traffic. He is very competitive at the catch point considering his compact frame. I do not see drops hurting this prospect in the league.
Release/Separation – One of the best natural separators in this class, Moore is an absolute stud here. This stems from his route running, fluidity and explosiveness giving him such a knack for separating from defenders. While his release package could use some work, I love what he offers as far as potential in his footwork. He is capable of beating press coverage just off his speed alone, I can’t wait to watch him develop a more sophisticated release package.
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Run Blocking – Moore’s smaller frame kills him here. While he is a high motor guy, he can only excel so far as a blocker due to his stature. I like the effort we get from him on a per snap basis, but you’re going to want the ball in his hands more than you’re going to ask him to black, anyway.
Man, what a fun study Elijah Moore has been. The wide receiver from Ole Miss projects best as a primary slot receiver who will be used in a multitude of ways. Matt LaFleur would have so much fun scheming touches, much like he did for Tyler Ervin the past two seasons. Getting a YAC receiver who can also stretch the field of Moore’s caliber would open up so much for Green Bay’s offense and even create a couple new pages in Matt LaFleur’s playbook we have yet to see. I really like Elijah Moore to do what we have seen Deebo Samuel do in San Francisco. I think Moore’s athleticism gives him an even hiring ceiling, however.
If Green Bay Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst and Co. want to provide the offense with another stud day two receiver who can help the team from day one, Elijah Moore is near the top of my list.