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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Elijah Moore

  • The Draft Network
  • January 26, 2021
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PROSPECT SUMMARY - ELIJAH MOORE

Elijah Moore has aligned outside and in the slot. He is a dynamic athlete with excellent agility and quickness. In the passing game, he is still a little raw as a route-runner but is a threat to score whenever he touches the ball. He demonstrates the toughness to catch the ball in traffic. He won't give you much as a stalk blocker in the run game. He is always a big-play threat due to his excellent run after catch potential.

Ideal Role: Slot receiver and kick returner.

Scheme Fit: Any offensive system.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: South Carolina (2020), Florida (2020), Auburn (2020)

Best Game Studied: South Carolina (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Auburn (2020)

Route Running: He is a dynamic route-runner. He is explosive and a threat to take it the distance on any catch. He creates separation with his outstanding quickness. 

Hands: He didn’t have many drops in the games I evaluated. However, there were some double catches and cradles. He appears to have smallish hands and short arms, which could hinder him in the NFL.

Separation: He is a dynamic separator. This is mainly due to his outstanding quickness at the top of the route. His separation ability is highlighted when he is aligned in the slot. 

Release: He wins at the line of scrimmage with speed and foot quickness. However, he doesn’t appear to have the upper-body strength to win against physical, long press corners. That being said, due to his speed, he immediately threatens corners in press.

Run After Catch: He is dynamic with the ball in his hands. He is a threat to go the distance every time he has the football. He is elusive in space and plays with outstanding quickness

Ball Skills: His ball skills overall are good. He does a good job locating and tracking the deep ball. He also shows good hands to secure the catch when the ball arrives.

Football IQ: Overall, his football IQ needs work. Admittedly, this is based on his fearlessness over the middle to catch the ball when contact is imminent. He had moments where he ran directly into zone coverage.

Versatility: He has less than ideal versatility, mainly due to his lack of prototypical NFL size. He will be relegated to a role as a slot receiver and returner only in the NFL.

Competitive Toughness: He has moments where he shows good physical toughness to catch the football when contact is imminent. He also will compete at the catch point. However, the consistency in this regard needs to improve. 

Big-Play Ability: He is a threat to make a big play before and after the catch. He is elusive in space and is dynamic with the football in his hands. He is also a big-play threat in the return game.

Prospect Comparison: KJ Hamler (2020 NFL Draft, Denver Broncos)

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: 80.00/100

Joe Marino: 84.00/100

Kyle Crabbs: 81.00/100

Jordan Reid: 78.00/100

Drae Harris: 77.00/100

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