Day one of the 2021 NFL Draft is in the books, with the Kansas City Chiefs—unsurprisingly—not making a selection.
Having traded their first-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens as part of the package to acquire offensive lineman Orlando Brown Jr., the Chiefs sat back and watched the draft unfold on opening night.
However, with two selections (for now) in the second round, Kansas City will be on the clock on day two of the draft. Things get underway on Friday night starting at 6:00 p.m. C.T., so let’s take a look at some of the best players still available that Kansas City might want to target.
Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi
The Chiefs already have a bunch of weapons on offense in the form of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, but there are some question marks at wide receiver.
With Sammy Watkins departing for Baltimore and with uncertainty about the ability of in-house options like Mecole Hardman, Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson to step up in his absence, it makes sense for the Chiefs to add another wide receiver, especially looking at the lack of long-term commitments on the roster.
Elijah Moore was ranked as the number four wide receiver in Mel Kiper’s final big board and number 16 overall, and he could be a good fit for the Chiefs who are looking to remain the league’s most explosive offense.
A quick and tough slot receiver out of Ole Miss, Moore had 86 catches for 1,193 yards and eight TDs in only eight games last season. He has a reliable set of hands too, dropping only two passes last season.
According to Pro Football Focus, Moore was the third-ranked WR last season with a grade of 91.2. At 5’10, he may be slightly undersized, but he makes up for it with quickness and an ability to evade defenders, with 18 missed tackles forced last season.
While he may not be a like-for-like replacement for Watkins, Moore could certainly be a valuable piece in Kansas City’s offense. Robinson had less than 500 receiving yards last year, and Moore could take on his role in the slot if he fails to increase his production.