No. 2: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
Moore didn’t come into this season with the best reputation, as his dumb end zone celebration helped the Rebels miss an extra point that eventually lost them their Egg Bowl rivalry game against Mississippi State. However, despite his short 5-8, 185-pound frame, Moore proved he is one of the nastiest receivers in college football.
In only eight games, Moore fell just shy of topping 1,200 yards, as his ability to completely devastate corners in man coverage was helped out by Lane Kiffin’s offense. Moore might not be the biggest receiver in the world, but his blazing speed and ability to run sharp routes should get Belichick interested.
Elijah Moore is a lethal slot receiver, and could be a Patriots standout
No team has gotten more out of diminutive slot receivers over the last few years than New England. Not only is slot receiver a need due to the fact Julian Edelman is on the 18th hole of his career, but the Patriots need someone with the speed and explosion to create big plays down the field.
Belichick hasn’t had the best history with drafting wide receivers, but quick players who can separate at the line will get Josh McDaniels interested. If the Patriots use a Day 2 pick on Moore, they could end up solving their wide receiver troubles by adding a truly special downfield threat that can also make plays as a runner.