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

(Photo by Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) Azeez Ojulari
(Photo by Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) Azeez Ojulari /
5 of 6
Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Elijah Moore /

Elijah Moore – WR (Ole Miss)

Elijah Moore was a player many figured would be gone in the early 20s of the first round on Thursday. The Tennessee Titans were a popular prediction of where he could go, and then most assumed he would be the choice when the Green Bay Packers were on the clock at the end of the round.

But both of those squads opted to go with cornerbacks instead and Moore finds himself without an NFL team as the second day of the draft looms on the horizon.

Moore has plenty of enticing traits. He’s a lightning-quick playmaker who can turn on a dime and then ignite his jets and be gone. He also has sticky hands in addition to being an excellent route runner.

Moore is coming off a 2020 season where he played in just eight games, but he still had 86 receptions for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns. This guy can make plays, and he’s a game-changer, but he is still available.

Perhaps being 5-foot-9 is the reason why he’s still on the board, but he’s the kind of prospect who plays bigger than his size, and he will probably cause teams to regret passing on him during his pro career.

The Vikings do have a secondary need at wide receiver this year as their depth behind Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson is suspect at best. Moore could be an explosive third option in the passing game and also be Minnesota’s primary returner in 2021, making him well worth a third-round choice or a trade-up option in the second round.