New York Jets: Elijah Moore could be an instant star

Elijah Moore, 2021 NFL mock draft. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
Elijah Moore, 2021 NFL mock draft. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports /

Elijah Moore might be a rookie entering a shockingly crowded New York Jets wide receiver room but he can be an immediate star for Zach Wilson.

Whenever the New York Jets used the No. 34 overall pick early in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft on Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore, many expected that meant the end of the line for Jamison Crowder. So there was understandable confusion when the team worked out a new deal with the veteran to keep him around for this season.

There shouldn’t be any confusion, however. Because while Elijah Moore might be a 5-9 wide receiver in the mold of a player who would primarily see time in the slot, the role Crowder occupies, the truth of the matter is that Moore is in line to be a much more impactful piece of the passing offense with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson.

Moore has been one of the biggest standouts of the Jets offseason, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. He’s impressed head coach Robert Saleh and has been moved to every wide receiver spot in various formations throughout workouts and practices. That shows a ton of faith in the ability of an incoming rookie.

Elijah Moore has the talent and seems to be working to be a star with the New York Jets.

According to Cimini, Moore’s footwork and speed trainer Tevin Allen has praised his worth ethic to big degrees, noting that the young wide receiver is “going to do whatever it takes to get that No. 1 spot”.

That’s a popular sentiment when it comes to the Ole Miss product since he arrived with the Jets as well. He’s embraced every challenge, has worked his tail off and, more often than not, has raised the bar of those around them. Despite his diminutive size, he has the footwork, hands, speed and polish of a player who can do big-time damage right away.

Moore is already checking the right boxes and continuing the deserved hype around him during the draft process. He may not be the big-body type of player but he proved in college to be a target-hog that can win at all levels of the field.

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New York has made vast improvements this offseason but, truth be told, the defense is still catching up. As such, Wilson and the Jets offense are likely going to be airing it out a lot. And with what Moore has shown thus far, that could mean he’s about to be an instant NFL star.