New England Patriots: WR Elijah Moore an ideal 2021 NFL Draft target

Elijah Moore, New York Jets (Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
Elijah Moore, New York Jets (Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports) /

With many needs on both sides of the ball, the New England Patriots have a lot of work to do this offseason. However, with plenty of cap space and better draft capital than usual, this team is undoubtedly in a position to significantly improve if they make the right moves.

Obviously, the most important part of the offseason is figuring out the quarterback position. Personally, I like the idea of New England getting aggressive and trading up for a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft, with Justin Fields and Trey Lance feeling like specifically strong fits for the team. However, no matter what the Patriots do at the quarterback position, they simply must improve their group of offensive playmakers.

As things currently stand, the New England Patriots have arguably the worst collection of offensive skill position talent in the entire NFL. Their running back situation is decent at best and their group of tight ends is uninspiring. N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers have shown flashes at wide receiver, but neither appears to be a real game-changer at the position. Simply put, the Patriots must find better and more explosive offensive playmakers this offseason.

Bill Belichick and company will likely look to free agency to find a potential impact offensive playmaker or two, with Curtis Samuel feeling like a particularly interesting fit for the team. That being said, it is always ideal to find long-term cost-controlled talent through the draft and the 2021 NFL Draft class is absolutely loaded with exciting wide receiver prospects.

Look no further, Elijah Moore is the guy for the New England Patriots

It is unlikely (though not impossible) that the New England Patriots take a wide receiver in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft so when looking at likely targets for the team, it makes sense to dig a little deeper. Based on what he can bring to the team and where he is expected to go, Elijah Moore, a dynamic wide receiver out of Ole Miss, stands out as an ideal target for the New England Patriots.

Moore absolutely exploded in Lane Kiffin’s wide-open offense at Ole Miss this past season, piling up 86 receptions for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns in only eight games. He was a consistently explosive weapon on the field, showing dynamic playmaking ability out of the slot and at all three levels of the defense.

Moore uses his quick feet to release well off of the line of scrimmage and immediately separates from the defense with precise route-running ability. He shows tremendous natural short-area quickness, fantastic acceleration and impact speed in the open field. Moore can make a quick move to shake the defender, kick it into high gear and explode down the field in an instant.

His ability to create immediate separation off of the line of scrimmage is impressive and makes him an impact player in the short passing game. Once Moore has the ball in his hands, he uses his impressive physical skill-set and natural elusiveness to shake defenders and race down the field.

Even though he primarily plays out of the slot, Moore is a dynamic deep threat whose combination of raw speed and ball-tracking ability makes him a dangerous deep-ball target at all times. Make no mistake about it, Moore is the kind of offensive playmaker who can change the game at any time and he can do it in a variety of ways.

More than anything, the New England Patriots must add some juice to their offensive attack this offseason. They lacked the ability to make big plays last season and adding a guy like Moore would certainly help them in that department.

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He has massive long-term upside and wide receiver is clearly a major need for this team. Moore will likely be a Day 2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and would be an ideal target for the Patriots with their second-round selection.