1. Washington selects Elijah Moore at Pick 19
Most analysts do not expect the Washington Football Team to select a wide reciever in Round 1. And if they do, most drafts take Rashod Bateman to fill in at outside WR opposite of Tery McLaurin.
In this case, the Washington Football Team will go against two mock draft norms: selecting a WR and selecting Elijah Moore.
Todd McShay recently said that the consensus of teams he has talked to has Elijah Moore as WR4, following the elite top 3 of JaMarr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, and Devonta Smith.
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Moore is a lightning bolt with the ball in his hands. He is so quick at catching the ball and then turning upfield with supreme quickness. His routes have also steadily improved at Ole Miss, he is silky smooth in and out of his breaks, as he continues to expand his route tree.
Many compare Elijah Moore to Antonio Brown and the similarities are staggering. Both are wide receivers with a smaller stature, that have elite quickness, elite yards after the catch ability, and both are superb route runners.
Elijah Moore also projects to be effective from mainly the slot, although he could be just as effective on the outside. Adding a true slot separator is something John Keim also has repeatedly said the team wants on his podcast, the John Keim Report. Keim continued to say it, even after the team signed Curtis Samuel.
With those traits and Washington’s rumored want for an elite separator, Moore is the pick at 19, marking off the first bold prediction for Washington in the 2021 NFL Draft.