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2008 Rookie Review

Offensive Rookie of the Year Matt Ryan

Atlanta's 2008 draft class could easily be seen as a "cornerstone" draft that brought in players who will contribute significantly over the next decade. They picked up a franchise quarterback, a bookend left tackle as well as a middle linebacker, a starting safety and a nickel corner. Here's a look at how that class performed during its rookie season and what will be expected of them in 2009…

QB Matt Ryan (Rd. 1; 3rd overall) – The unanimous AP Offensive Rookie of the Year was stellar from the moment he stepped foot at Flowery Branch. His poise and leadership were rivaled only by his above-average arm and accuracy as a rookie and as he gets more comfortable in Atlanta's offense he will likely be headed to many Pro Browls and lead the Falcons on deep playoff runs. As a rookie in 200...

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