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Falcons' Ryan Gains Redemption

We here at Redraft Headquarters admit we once believed that Matt Ryan was no better than a middle-of-the-first-round gamble. We didn't like his arm strength. Thought he had poor mobility. Thought his heroics in that miracle game against Virginia Tech were primarily due to bad defensive calls.

Today, we're here to atone. Matt Ryan should have been the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. We were wrong. And Miami and St. Louis were wrong to pass on him. There. All better. As always, your Redrafts are welcome in the comments section below.

1. Miami
2008 Pick: OT Jake Long.
He might be a starter for a dozen years at tackle but quarterbacks make the show go.
Redraft: QB Matt Ryan. What more do you need to see?

2. St. Louis
2008 Pick: DT Chris Long.
Had a fumble recovery in upset of Redskins but Portis still got his usual 100 yards.
Redraft: OT Jake Long. Someone to block for Steven Jackson.

3. Atlanta
2008 Pick: QB Matt Ryan.
Taken by Dolphins in Redraft at No. 1.
Redraft: WR DeSean Jackson. The Eagles got six more catches and 98 more yards out of their second-round pick (49th) in beating Niners.

4. Oakland
2008 Pick: RB Darren McFadden.
It's all falling apart in Oakland.
Redraft: RB Matt Forte. The rookie rushing leader (Chicago, second round, 44th) had five catches and 76 yards rushing in loss to Falcons.

5. Kansas City
2008 Pick: DE Glenn Dorsey.
Chiefs were off Sunday.
Redraft: WR Eddie Royal. The former Hokie (Denver, second round, 42nd) sat out this week because of an injured ankle.

6. New York Jets
2008 Pick: DE Vernon Gholston.
You don't want your No. 6 overall pick to be known only as a special teams standout. That's the only good thing about Gholston so far.
Redraft: Chris Long. Drops here from No. 2, but we need to see more.

7. New Orleans
2008 Pick: DT Sedrick Ellis.
Out after surgery on a torn meniscus.
Redraft: RB Keith Rivers. Cincinnati's first-round pick (ninth overall) was so-so against the Jets.

8. Jacksonville
2008 Pick: DE Derrick Harvey.
Still no sacks.
Redraft: LB Jerod Mayo. For the Patriots, who took Mayo 10th, the problem is in the secondary, not at linebacker.

9. Cincinnati
2008 Pick: LB Keith Rivers.
Taken by Saints in Redraft at No. 7.
Redraft: RB Chris Johnson. Tennessee's first-round pick (24th) continues to be second among rookie rushers.

10. New England
2008 Pick: LB Jerod Mayo.
Taken by Jaguars in Redraft at No. 8.
Redraft: RB Steve Slaton. The Mountaineer (Houston, third round, 89th) has 343 yards rushing and 17 receptions.

11. Buffalo
2008 Pick: CB Leodis McKelvin.
It's clear he's not ready to start for 4-1 Bills.
Redraft: S Chris Horton. With Reed Doughty's injury, we'll know soon if the kid from UCLA (Redskins, seventh round, 249) is really this good.

12. Denver
2008 Pick: T Ryan Clady.
Took a bad holding penalty in first quarter of 24-17 loss to Jaguars.
Redraft: Clady.

13. Carolina
2008 Pick: RB Jonathan Stewart.
Four touchdowns give him the edge over a dropping McFadden.
Redraft: Stewart.

14. Chicago
2008 Pick: OT Chris Williams.
Sidelined because of back surgery.
Redraft: McFadden. Drops here from No. 4. Had only 30 yards on eight caries in 34-3 loss to Saints.

15. Kansas City
2008 Pick: OG Branden Albert.
The Chiefs had the week off.
Redraft: LB Curtis Lofton. Time to get serious about the Oklahoma product (Atlanta, second round, 37th) who leads all rookies in tackles and has the surprising Falcons hopping.

16. Arizona
2008 Pick: CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Gave up his second touchdown in as many weeks in victory over Cowboys.
Redraft: CB Antoine Cason. The 27th pick, by the Chargers, is playing better than Rodgers-Cromartie.

17. Detroit
2008 Pick: OT Gosder Cherilus.
He was benched in the second quarter as Lions preferred veteran George Foster at right tackle.
Redraft: Albert. Drops here from No. 15.

18. Baltimore
2008 Pick: QB Joe Flacco.
Looked dreadful in beatdown by Colts. Look for the Ravens to run the ball extensively the next few weeks until Flacco rebounds.
Redraft: Flacco. We had him higher last week, but not after Sunday.

19. Carolina
2008 Pick: OT Jeff Otah.
Ankle injury kept him out of loss to Bucs. Man, did they miss him.
Redraft: Otah.

20. Tampa Bay
2008 Pick: CB Aqib Talib.
Had an interception against Carolina and tipped another pass that was also picked off.
Redraft: Ellis. He drops here from No. 7 because he'll be back eventually.

21. Washington
2008 Pick:
Traded pick to Atlanta, which took OT Sam Baker.
Redraft: WR Donnie Avery. When you go into a draft needing taller receivers and you pass on one who later beats you for basically a game-winning catch, that's REDRAFT!!! Avery (St. Louis, second round, 33rd) is only 5-11 but that was tall enough on Sunday.

22. Dallas
2008 Pick: RB Felix Jones.
Sidelined because of a torn hamstring.
Redraft: Jones.

23. Pittsburgh
2008 Pick: RB Rashard Mendenhall.
Out for season because of fractured shoulder.
Redraft: DT Marcus Harrison. Arkansas product (Chicago, third round, 90th) and Forte have been huge for Bears.

24. Tennessee
2008 Pick: RB Chris Johnson.
Redrafted to Cincinnati at No. 9.
Redraft: Harvey. He drops here from No. 8.

25. Dallas
2008 Pick: CB Mike Jenkins.
If he were any good, there would have been no reason to play Adam Jones.
Redraft: McKelvin. Cowboys take a chance on a different corner in Redraft.

26. Houston
2008 Pick: OT Duane Brown.
Did not fare well against Miami's Joey Porter in victory Sunday, but which rookie would?
Redraft: Brown.

27. San Diego
2008 Pick: CB Antoine Cason.
Redrafted to Kansas City at 15.
Redraft: Talib. Drops here from No. 20; would have been out completely if not for his interception Sunday.

28. Seattle
2008 Pick: DE Lawrence Jackson.
This was some goodbye present Mike Holmgren gave the Seahawks.
Redraft: Dorsey. He drops here from No. 5.

29. San Francisco
2008 Pick: DT Kentwan Balmer.
How many points did San Francisco give up Sunday?
Redraft: DE Phillip Merling. Former Clemson star (Miami, second round, 32nd) is trying to take Vonnie Holiday's starting spot.

30. New York Jets
2008 Pick: TE Dustin Keller.
Only has six receptions.
Redraft: TE Tom Santi. The Virginia product (Indianapolis, sixth round, 196th) has four more catches than Keller and a much lower cap number.

31. New York Giants
2008 Pick: S Kenny Phillips.
That was Phillips getting over too late to stop the Browns' Darnell Dinkins from catching a touchdown pass in 35-14 upset Monday night.
Redraft: S Charles Godfrey. In truth, the Iowa product (Carolina, third round, 67th) wasn't much better in loss to Bucs.

By Emilio Garcia Ruiz  |  October 15, 2008; 10:23 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Nice column but you can't use cap number as a reason for picking one player over the other, if Santi gets picked where Keller was he'd have Keller's cap number.

Posted by: Doug | October 16, 2008 5:14 PM

Where is Sam Baker? that just proves how much you know NFL. Baker has not allowed many sacks and Michael Turner and Matt Ryan should thank him for the protection. Duane Brown is a bust and so is Branden Albert and Chris Williams.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2008 11:23 PM

Damn. I took Baker off the list when he had the concussion and forgot to put him back. Excellent point. Perhaps in place of Albert at 15?? Have not found anyone in Houston or Atlanta willing to call Brown or Albert busts yet, but Brown really struggled Sunday. Speaking of the Falcons, here's a short piece on their draft class, Rock solid so far. Can't figure out how to make this into a link with this software but here's the URL.

Posted by: Emilio Garcia Ruiz | October 17, 2008 10:24 AM

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