5 prospects the Vikings should target on Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft

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Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB (Notre Dame)

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, or “The Joker”, as he’s more commonly known, is a player many figured would’ve been selected in the first round on Thursday. This guy is a jack of all trades who can be used in various ways and be an unpredictable but very dangerous and productive part of a defense.

Multiple teams who had needs at linebacker in the first round chose to go a different route and “The Joker” finds himself still without a team at the dawn of the draft’s second day.

Linebacker isn’t a huge need for the Vikings, but it is certainly one they could choose to address on Day 2 of the draft.

Anthony Barr could be gone after next season, and on the weak side, there’s a battle brewing between Troy Dye and Nick Vigil. Whoever wins that battle isn’t guaranteed a job after this upcoming season, so adding a talented option like Owusu-Koramoah makes a ton of sense.

Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer has already stated that he wants to get more creative with his defense and taking Owusu-Koramoah would make that a reality. He can be lined up outside standing up or with his hand in the dirt, or even inside on passing downs.

He’s a moveable piece that Zimmer could use to his liking to create mismatches and opportunities for his defense to make a big play.