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Can Elijah Moore provide the jolt Washington’s passing attack needs?

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Elijah Moore

School: University of Mississippi | Conference: Southeastern Conference

College Experience: Junior | Age: 21 (Week 1)

Height / Weight: 5’9” 185 lbs

Projected Draft Status: Late 2nd-3rd round

Player Comparison: Percy Harvin

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Player Overview

Elijah Moore is a dynamic wide receiver with excellent agility and quickness. While still raw as a route-runner, Moore makes up with being a dangerous threat with the ball in his hand. Moore is a third-year receiver from Ole Miss who exploded last season with career-high stats in practically every category lining up in the slot and outside position.

With the arrival of Lane Kiffin in 2020, Moore’s offensive production took off. In eight games of his senior season, Elijah recorded 86 receptions, nearly 1,200 receiving yards, 8 touchdowns, and 64 rushing yards on 14 carries. He received 1st team All-SEC honors, 2020 College Football All-American team in addition to the Biletnikoff Award finalist for the best wide receiver.

Strengths

  • Can line up in the slot and outside position. Taken carries out of the backfield.
  • Experience as a kick and punt returner
  • Explosive athlete with excellent quickness
  • Great run after the catch potential
  • Consistently gets separation from defenders
  • Makes tough catches through traffic
  • Scheme versatile

Weaknesses

  • Very small, even for a slot receiver.
  • Can not consistently press coverage; lack of length.
  • Not a refined route runner.
  • Subpar run blocker.

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How Will He Fit With The Team

Washington is in desperate need of a second wide receiver option. The second leading wide receiver, Cam Sims, had 32 receptions and 477 receiving yards. Whoever is starting at quarterback needs to have another playmaking receiver whenever Terry McLaurin gets double-teamed. The organization will swing big in free agency for a #2 receiver to pair with McLaurin but they will also turn to the draft to add more talent and depth to the receiver corps. With Steven Sims Jr. having a disappointing 2020 season as a receiver and a returner, Elijah Moore will push Sims and others for the starting slot receiver spot. Moore has shown he can overcome his small size to be one of the best collegiate receivers in the country last season. Moore’s spark-plug abilities are what Washington needs to upgrade their pedestrian passing attack.