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New York Jets select WR/X-factor weapon Elijah Moore at No. 34

OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI - SEPTEMBER 21: Elijah Moore #8 of the Mississippi Rebels runs with the ball during a game against the California Golden Bears at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Oxford, Mississippi.
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Elijah Moore’s arrival was announced by former New York Jets WR Laveranues Coles, who labeled him “a future Pro Bowler.”

The New York Jets opened their Friday proceedings at the NFL draft by taking receiver Elijah Moore out of Mississippi.

Moore, a consensus All-American and All-SEC nominee, was welcomed to New York by former Jets Pro Bowler Laveranues Coles, who announced his selection. His 189 receptions and 2,441 receiving yards are good for fourth-best in Rebels history. In a shortened eight-game season, Moore earned 1,193 yards on 86 receptions.

Moore, standing 5-foot-9 and weighing 185 pounds, fits the slot like a glove. As great as Jamison Crowder is in the slot, his attributes don’t allow for the Jets’ offense to use jet-motion too often.

The Ole Miss rookie should immediately assume jet-motion duties, giving the Jets a true X-factor weapon they’ve been seeking for quite some time.

This marks the first time the Jets have used each of their first three picks on offensive players when they used all of their 2009 haul on offense (Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene and Matt Slauson).

Moore will join a young but talented group of receivers that includes fellow second-round choice Denzel Mims. The Jets also signed Corey Davis and Keelan Cole this offseason through free agency.

Moore could also be a strong contributor to the Jets’ special teams proceedings. He was ranked eighth in the SEC in kick return average (18.5) during his sophomore season and ninth in punt return average (6.4) the year after. The Jets have struggled in their return game after Pro Bowler Andre Roberts left for Buffalo.

Moore’s selection was announced by former Jets receiver Coles, who spent three different tenures with the team (2000-02, 05-08, 2010). Coles labeled Moore as a “future Pro Bowler” before making the announcement.

The Jets have no further scheduled picks in Friday’s second/third round proceedings.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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Dark Demonik
3 years ago

He reminds me of Wayne Chrebet *big time Jet name* he catches everything his way down the middle. 8 games- 86 catches that is massive production… I prefer JOK and Jenkins but Morre is a need once Crowder is gone good pick but not 100 percent sold because he does have issues i’ll never forget the game when he peed like a dog and cost his team a bowl game and got his coach fired as a result of that game as well these are things that have to be mention as well