Elijah Moore was drafted in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, 34th overall by the NY Jets. Moore played his college career at Ole Miss and was a three-year standout for his team. He achieved a lot during his time at Ole Miss and was truly one of the bright spots for the Jets this past season.
In his final year at Ole Miss, Moore racked up an impressive 1,193 yards with 86 receptions, marking a new school record. He also picked up eight touchdowns in just eight games played that year.
Moore was named first-team All-SEC and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. The Jets drafted him in hopes that he could be the team's WR1 of the future. His impressive rookie performance provides plenty of optimism.
Elijah Moore's rookie season with the NY Jets
Moore finished his rookie season with 43 receptions for 538 yards and five receiving touchdowns. He also managed to pick up 54 rushing yards as well as one rushing touchdown. It was an encouraging performance, especially given the situation he was working with on offense.
Moore scored his first touchdown in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts. This was a breakout game for the rookie as he finished with seven catches for 84 yards and didn't just pick up one touchdown, he picked up two. In Week 11 he had another big game for the Jets when he tallied eight catches for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Unfortunately, Moore's rookie season was cut short by injury. In Week 13, Moore was placed on the injured reserve with a quad injury that would sideline him for the rest of the season. However, in the 11 games he did play, Moore showed a lot of promise.
Moore played hard in all of those games. Some games were better than others, but the 22-year-old showed that he has the potential to be the Jets' new WR1. This is a very young team, but there are some positives to take away from 2021, and Moore is one of the biggest bright spots on the roster.
Moore deserves a B+ for his rookie season. I would have liked to have graded him even higher, but that's not easy to do with how many games he did unfortunately miss. However, in the games he played, he was a stud on the field.
The future is bright for Elijah Moore.