Right Kind of Guy
Atlanta Falcons 2008 Draft
1st round pick #3... Matt Ryan QB Boston College
When a new coaching staff, headed by Jeff Jagodzinski, took over at Boston College during the spring, there were many questions, but the staff felt that the quarterback picture was in very capable hands with Ryan at the helm.
Recovered from a nagging foot injury that plagued him throughout the 2006 season, the lanky quarterback has compiled a 25-7 record as a starter for the Eagles.
Ryan went on to earn Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior and was emerging as one of the Heisman Trophy favorites until the Eagles lost three of their final five regular season games. He would go on to rank eighth in the nation in total offense and established new school records for 400-yard passing performances in both a career and season, en route to throwing for 4,507 yards.
At William Penn Charter School, Ryan earned All-East honors from Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report. He also captured All-Southeastern Pennsylvania accolades as a senior quarterback, in addition to receiving All-City first-team honors in 2002 and second-team recognition in 2001. He also was a three-time All-League (InterAc) selection.
Ryan threw for more than 1,300 yards with 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a senior. He finished his career by completing more than 52 percent of his pass attempts during his three seasons at the helm. He served as football team captain in 2002 and also captained the school's basketball and baseball teams.
Ryan followed in the footsteps of his uncle, John Loughery, who played quarterback at Boston College from 1979-82. He enrolled at the university in 2003, spending the season performing on the scout team. He earned BC's Freshman Male Scholar-Athlete Award recognition in 2004. He appeared in seven games, starting the regular-season finale vs. Syracuse. He hit on 35-of-71 passes (49.3%) for 350 yards, a pair of touchdowns and three interceptions.
The MVP of the MPC Computers Bowl vs. Boise State, Ryan started five of 10 games for the Eagles in 2005. He took over starting duties from Quinton Porter midway through the season, going on to throw for 1,514 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions on 121-of-195 throws (62.1%). He also rushed 37 times for 94 yards (2.5-yard average) and five scores, becoming the first BC quarterback since 1998 to run for two scores in a game (vs. Ball State).
A broken bone in his left foot limited Ryan's mobility the second half of season, but he still earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors in 2006. He led the ACC in total offense (242.25 yards per game), points responsible for (9.63 per game), pass completions (No. 10 in the nation with 21.92 per game) and passing yards per game (15th nationally with an average of 245.17 yards per game). He completed 263-of-427 passes (61.6%) for 2,942 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran for four scores, finishing with 2,907 yards in total offense.
Ryan underwent offseason foot surgery and was fully recovered by spring drills. The team offensive captain was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year and earned league Player of the Week honors six times during the 2007 campaign. He shattered single-season BC records, as he completed 388-of-654 passes (59.3%) for 4,507 yards, 31 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He also scored twice on 68 carries, finishing with 4,509 yards in total offense, an average of 322.1 yards per game.
In 45 games at Boston College, Ryan started 34 contests. He connected on 837 of 1,347 passes (59.91%) for 9,313 yards, 56 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. He rushed 168 times for 58 yards (0.3-yard avg) and 11 scores, adding a one-yard reception and one solo tackle. He lost seven of his 17 total fumbles and was sacked 50 times for losses totaling 381 yards. On 1,515 offensive plays, he amassed 9,371 yards in total offense, an average of 208.24 yards per game.
• TRADE: The Washington Redskins have traded the 21st pick to the Atlanta Falcons. In return, the Redskins claim the 34th and 48th picks, both in the second round, and the 103rd pick, in the fourth round. The Falcons also acquire the 84th pick, in the third round, and the 154th pick, in the fifth round.
• Pick No. 21: Atlanta Falcons select Sam Baker, T, Southern California
Pro analysis: Baker becomes the seventh offensive lineman off the board. Not many draftniks had Baker — son of AFL commissioner David Baker — projected as a first-rounder, but new Atlanta GM Tom Dimitroff is using his bounty of picks as currency. With a new franchise QB in Matt Ryan, it was incumbent on Atlanta to begin rebuilding its offensive line, especially with LT Wayne Gandy no longer on the roster. Baker may immediately become the team's starting left tackle out of necessity, though he may be better suited to play on the right side in the long run.
College analysis: For four seasons, Southern California penciled in Sam Baker as a starter on its offensive line. Baker proved to be one of the mainstays that cleared the way for the Trojans' talented skill players to take advantage of defenses. Baker may not have the ideal NFL size and strength, but his experience in playing with one of the top programs in the country should not be
• Pick No. 37: Atlanta Falcons select Curtis Lofton, LB, Oklahoma
Pro analysis: Atlanta adds a tackling machine in Lofton. He could be Keith Brooking's eventual successor, or he could push Brooking back outside if Michael Boley bolts via free agency next season (Boley recently signed a one-year tender). Either way, look for Lofton to play somewhere in the middle, or perhaps in running downs early on.
68... Chevis Jackson CB LSU
84... Harry Douglas WR Louisville
98... Thomas DeCoud S Cal
138... Robert James LB Arizona State
154... Kroy Biermann DE/OLB Montana
172... Thomas Brown RB Georgia
212... Wilrey Fotenot CB Arizona
232... Keith Zinger TE LSU
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