Elijah Moore’s hype is off the charts
New York Jets rookie Elijah Moore was the sixth wide receiver to go off the board in the 2021 NFL draft, taken 34th overall by Joe Douglas with the second pick of the second round.
You would never guess he fell that far based on the positive energy surrounding him.
After a dominant OTAs period where he consistently represented the Jets’ most outstanding player on the practice field, Moore has been the subject of feverish hype from not only Jets fans, but the national media as well.
Newly-released zero-to-100 ratings for the video game Madden NFL 22 have been making their way around social media. On Monday, the top ratings for rookie wide receivers were released, via the NFL on ESPN Twitter account.
Top 5 rookie WRs 👀 @EAMaddenNFL #Madden22 | #MaddenWeek pic.twitter.com/GgJuz23Csp
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) July 26, 2021
Moore enters his debut season with an overall rating of 73, which isn’t groundbreaking but compares him favorably to his tenderfoot peers. It places him fourth among rookie wide receivers, ahead of two players who were drafted earlier than him – the Giants’ Kadarius Toney (20th overall pick, 72 rating) and the Ravens’ Rashod Bateman (27th overall pick, 72 rating).
Miami’s Jaylen Waddle (76), Philadelphia’s DeVonta Smith (75), and Cincinnati’s Ja’Marr Chase (75) top the rookie wide receiver leaderboard.
Jets ratings continue to roll in
On Sunday, headlines were made as it was revealed that No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson was given a markedly better rating than the man he is replacing, Sam Darnold.
Wilson enters his rookie season with an overall rating of 75, three points behind Trevor Lawrence’s 78 and one point ahead of the 74-rating earned by Trey Lance and Justin Fields. New England’s Mac Jones is a few steps behind the pack with an overall rating of 71.
Meanwhile, Darnold will begin his debut season as a Carolina Panther with a 71 overall rating. It marks a two-point decline from the 73 overall rating that he entered the 2020 season with in Madden NFL 21.
Only 48 days remain until Wilson will get the chance to go head-to-head against Darnold and prove that EA Sports – and more importantly, the Jets – made the right decision at the quarterback position.