Can the Falcons get back to being competitive? They think so, and will start that phase with a quarterback, as Saturday they passed on DT Glenn Dorsey of LSU and instead went with QB Matt Ryan, the senior QB of Boston College. Ryan will be the start of a new regime with the Falcons, as he will hopefully put the past seasons nightmare with Michael Vick, DeAngelo Hall, and Bobby Petrino behind them. Last season with BC Ryan threw for 31 touchdowns, 19 picks, and 4,507 yards. The Falcons want to start putting butts back in the seats now, and the Ryan pick shows that.
Here is a scouting report on Ryan from NFLdraftcountdown.com
Good size and a big frame…Smart and understands how to read a defense…Is a natural born leader…Solid technique and mechanics…Displays great poise…Good touch and timing…Able to buy time in the pocket…Throws well on the run…A hard worker…Has experience running a pro style offense…Top-notch competitor and a winner…Is tough, strong and fearless…Productive and had an outstanding senior campaign…Very dedicated and extremely passionate about the game of football.
Arm strength is only average…Still throws too many interceptions…Accuracy can be streaky…Struggles with the deep ball…A bit of a gunslinger who will play too recklessly at times…Not very mobile and won’t beat you with his feet…May have some minor durability issues…Isn’t a great athlete…May not have a huge upside.
Nickname is “Matty Ice”…Overthrew Quinton Porter to take over the starting job in 2005…Was plagued by a broken foot as a junior…Really emerged as a top pro prospect as a senior, propelling his team to a great season even though he was surrounded by ordinary talent…Physical tools aren’t special but they’re adequate across the board and his intangibles are second to none…A safe pick who should become a solid starter at the next level but probably isn’t a franchise signal caller.