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ESPN's Todd McShay Forgoes Grades, Lists Teams He Likes Most from 2021 NFL Draft

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2021

BYU quarterback Zach Wilson holds a New York Jets jersey after being selected second overall in the first round of the NFL football draft Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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ESPN's Todd McShay highlighted the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants as his favorite classes of the 2021 NFL draft.

The draft expert selected all four teams for both addressing needs and getting high-quality players in Days 2 and 3.

The Jets addressed their quarterback situation with the No. 2 overall pick, taking BYU's Zach Wilson. They then went to work fortifying the offense around Wilson, trading up for versatile offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker, grabbing talented slot receiver Elijah Moore in the second round and adding explosive running back Michael Carter in Round 4.

The Dolphins took advantage of their four picks in the first 42 selections to work on improving both sides of the ball. They added receiver Jaylen Waddle and defensive end Jaelan Phillips in Round 1 before grabbing safety Jevon Holland and offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg in Round 2. Miami essentially punted Day 3 of the draft, with the team not having any picks before Round 7.

McShay described the Jets' first two days as "masterful."

The Vikings invested in both their present and future over the first two days of the draft, adding offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw in Round 1 before taking quarterback Kellen Mond in Round 2. Minnesota took advantage of its three third-round picks to select linebacker Chazz Surratt, guard Wyatt Davis and defensive end Patrick Jones III.

McShay highlighted the Vikings' trade with the Jets that landed them two third-round picks in exchange for moving back in Round 1 as a reason he liked their draft.

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The Giants likewise earned a solid grade for trading back in Round 1, netting a 2022 first-round pick and a fourth-round selection to move back nine spots to No. 20 overall. They then selected versatile receiver Kadarius Toney in Round 1 before addressing defensive needs (defensive end Azeez Ojulari, cornerback Aaron Robinson and linebacker Elerson Smith) with their next three picks.