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5 teams that regret passing on NY Jets WR Elijah Moore

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4. The Baltimore Ravens might regret passing on Elijah Moore

The Baltimore Ravens are a team that's been starved for wide receiver help for so long that it almost seems odd that the position is actually one of the deepest on their current roster.

Their wide receiver depth chart includes the likes of Marquise Brown, Sammy Watkins, Devin Duvernay, and James Proche who have all flashed at times. And it also includes one of the receivers taken ahead of Elijah Moore in this year's draft — Rashod Bateman.

In total, five wide receivers were drafted before Moore in the 2021 NFL Draft. Most of those receivers have excelled as rookies, but Bateman hasn't hit the ground running the same way the others have.

Bateman missed much of the summer and the early portion of the year due to injury. In seven games this season, the former Minnesota standout has hauled in 25 catches for 301 yards.

He's proven to be an effective chain mover picking up a first down on a whopping 72 percent of his catches and his crafty route-running has been on display at times as well.

Bateman has been moderately productive. But given what Moore has been able to do in a much worse offense this season, it already seems as though he has a much higher ceiling than his draft-mate.

Put Elijah Moore in that Ravens offense, especially with the way Lamar Jackson was playing earlier in the season, and his numbers might be even better than they are now.

This isn't to suggest that Bateman won't turn into a long-term starter for a Ravens franchise that has been starved for wide receiver talent.

But it should seem to clear to most that not only is Moore the better player right now but that his ceiling is higher than Bateman's.

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