New Orleans Saints Draft Prospect Analysis: Elijah Moore
In the post-Drew Brees era in New Orleans, the Saints are continually looking to add weapons to make the transition from Brees to Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill smoother. Michael Thomas being back and fully healthy should help, but they might need more than that.
This quick-hitting receiver out of the University of Mississippi has remarkably climbed draft boards over the course of the last couple of weeks, so much so that scouts now project Elijah Moore to be a late first-round or early second-round pick.
In one of NFL.com‘s newest mock drafts, Lance Zierlein projected the New Orleans Saints to draft the Ole Miss receiver with the No. 28 pick in the draft. This is also assuming previously written about LSU receiver Terrace Marshall, Jr. is already off the board.
The Saints need to add weapons for Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill. Could Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore be the answer?
For over a year, I sat and begged the Saints to do something about the wide receiver situation. I know Michael Thomas is great and while simultaneously taking nothing away from him, it’s not good if you have one receiver catching over 50 percent of the quarterback’s passes.
They signed Emmanuel Sanders last offseason, which help this year because we virtually never got to see them on the field together with Thomas’s nagging injuries, and as quick as he came, Sanders was released due to a low cap number.
Whether in the first round or subsequent rounds, I do think it is imperative that the team draft a receiver this year. This mock just so happens to have the Saints taking on that task in the first round with Mississippi receiver Elijah Moore.
During his three seasons at Ole Miss, Moore reeled in 189 receptions for 2,441 yards and 16 touchdowns. Throughout his entire college career, Moore average 12.9 yards per reception with his highest single-season last year at 13.9 yards per reception.