By Tim Weaver
Matt Ryan has been playing at a high level since he came into the NFL a decade ago. The Falcons were fortunate to get him with their No. 3 overall pick in that year’s draft.
What if we did it all over again, though?
According to Danny Kelly at The Ringer, Ryan would have been the first player taken in 2008 by the Dolphins instead of offensive tackle Jake Long.
Long was hardly a bust, but this swap is a no-brainer: Ryan’s thrown for more than 41,000 yards and 260 touchdowns in his 10-year career, and was the league’s MVP for the Falcons in 2016.
With Ryan off the board, Atlanta had to go in a different direction in this scenario. Despite Joe Flacco being available, Kelly had the Falcons picking offensive tackle Ryan Clady.
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Clady’s career was cut short by injury (he played eight seasons) but he was a top-echelon tackle in his prime, going to four Pro Bowls while being named All-Pro three...