The Jets have boosted the receiver room adding Corey Davis as an outside threat, who left Tennessee off the back of a career year, and add depth with contributors such as Keelan Cole. We’re also yet to see the potential of Denzel Mims who missed half of his rookie year, and the Jets were bad for the rest of his when he did play. But let’s talk about Ole Miss Rebel alum Elijah Moore. The 2nd round pick (barely), was selected by the Jets 34th overall, and was the second name called on the second day of the draft. Moore comes from a line of Ole Miss receivers who have exploded in the league in recent years. Both Titans receiver AJ Brown, and Seahawks machine DK Metcalf were products of the Ole Miss receiver core, and Elijah Moore spent time with those guys as a young receiver with the Rebels.
Moore is a true professional, and comes out every single day to work. The Jets scouting attended his pro day, and noticed how locked in and focused he was all day long. Moore tore up the competition in 2020, going for 200 yards on three separate occasions (Florida, Vanderbilt, South Carolina). He ended the season with 1,193 receiving yards, primarily from the slot, and 8 touchdowns. The 5’9 185 pound prospect has a great opportunity to add something different for the Jets, and heading into rookie camp, OTAs and pre season training with fellow rookie Zach Wilson, I’d like to see the two of them build a strong relationship ahead of the NFL season starting. With so much focus on adding outside talent like Corey Davis, and Denzel Mims, the Jets address the inside of their receiving core with this pick, and with Jamison Crowder becoming a free agent at the end of the season, the spot is Moore’s to win for the long term. He’s a playmaker, a big play specialist, and can cause problems from the jump.
The most criminally underrated wide receiver in this class, if he builds a relationship with Zach Wilson in pre season the way it sounds like he is, then we could be looking at him in 3 or 4 years time as the AJ Brown in this years draft class. He could easily shake out to be the best receiver in the class, AND easily the number 1 receiver for the Jets.
Corey Davis was quoted saying ‘he doesn’t really seem like a rookie, he’s out there leading the rest of the guys’, which just reiterates the conversation around Moore’s work ethic and commitment to greatness. And if you need any further proof that the Ole Miss Rebel young rookie is about to shine…