Elijah Moore pumps up a possible New York Jets 2022 NFL draft target
Ah, the social media era. In this day and age, it does not take much to get people talking. Heck, just typing one number is enough to do the trick in this case.
New York Jets rookie wide receiver Elijah Moore got the attention of some Jets fans on Twitter with a simple tweet on Tuesday afternoon that voiced support for a 2022 NFL draft prospect who the Jets could possibly target.
PFF College Football posted a tweet that featured the three defensive backs from PFF’s All-American First-Team, asking which player their followers would prefer. Moore responded with the short caption “9”, referring to Alabama safety Jordan Battle.
— Elijah Moore (@e_moore03) December 14, 2021
That was enough to get fans on board with the idea of Battle in green and white.
With the 36th pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets Select … Jordan Battle, Saftey, Alabama pic.twitter.com/n6S4e5CW6a
— dan desp (@_dandesp) December 14, 2021
Elijah made a request JD…..get to work pic.twitter.com/4KOdd4zsly
— Tony Perkis (@CampHopeOwner) December 14, 2021
Yup. Second pick in the second round. https://t.co/VjovkvRIyg
— SSN – NY Jets (@SSN_Jets) December 14, 2021
Battle was a high school teammate of Moore’s at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., so the praise from Moore is no surprise. The pair played together from 2015-17 and won state championships in 2015 and 2016.
The junior safety is in the midst of a breakout third season, setting career-highs with 74 total tackles and three interceptions. Two of those picks were returned for touchdowns.
NFL Mock Draft Database currently has Battle ranked 37th overall on its 2022 consensus big board, which is calculated by compiling hundreds of big boards and mock drafts from experts and analysts across the internet. He ranks fourth among safeties.
The Jets’ second-round pick would land at No. 36 overall based on the current standings, so Battle could very well be atop their big board when they come on the clock to begin the draft’s second day.
Safety is poised to be a huge need for the Jets considering the expiration of Marcus Maye‘s franchise tag and the chronic struggles they have dealt with at the position outside of Maye this year.
Perhaps Moore and Battle will reunite in New Jersey this April, making it back-to-back second-round picks from St. Thomas Aquinas for Joe Douglas.
Battle’s Crimson Tide will take on Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 31.
Moore is on injured reserve with a quad injury and will miss his second consecutive game this Sunday when the Jets take on the Miami Dolphins. He will miss at least one more additional game (Week 16 vs. Jacksonville) before becoming eligible to return against Tampa Bay in Week 17.