NY Jets: 3 best value picks made in the 2021 NFL Draft

Elijah Moore, NY Jets
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Elijah Moore, NY Jets
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1. Elijah Moore, WR, NY Jets

When the Jets traded up to the No. 14 overall pick to select USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker, they surely didn't believe that they'd have a chance at landing Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore anymore.

After all, Moore was considered one of the best wide receivers in a stacked class and most projected him to be selected somewhere toward the back-end of the first round.

However, pick after pick went by and Moore shockingly fell out of the first entirely. And with the second pick in the second round, the Jets wasted little time jumping at the opportunity to select Moore at pick 34.

Moore broke out in 2020 emerging as one of the best wide receivers in all of college football. In just eight games, Moore finished with 86 catches for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns breaking A.J. Brown's school record for catches in a season.

Again, that was all in just eight games as a result of a COVID-19-shortened season.

General manager Joe Douglas was ecstatic to see Moore still available at the top of Round 2 and reportedly turned down lucrative trade offers to move back prior to the start of Day 2.

Moore was a player the Jets were targeting if they held on to the No. 23 overall pick. They certainly never expected him to still be on the board when they picked a round later.

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But he was. And as the sixth wide receiver selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, Elijah Moore has a chance to be one of the steals of his entire class.