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5 Best Draft Classes Of The Last 10 Years

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5. 2008 Atlanta Falcons

» Team draft history

» Draft class: QB Matt Ryan (Round 1), OT Sam Baker (Round 1), LB Curtis Lofton (Round 2), CB Chevis Jackson (Round 3), WR Harry Douglas (Round 3), LB Thomas DeCoud (Round 3), LB Robert James (Round 5), DE Kroy Biermann (Round 5), RB Thomas Brown (Round 6), CB Wilrey Fontenot (Round 7), Keith Zinger (Round 7)

» Players who were primary starters: 6

» Total games played: 657

Bouyed by the bounty of this draft haul, the Falcons went from 4-12 afterthought in 2007 to an 11-5 finish and NFC South title in 2008.

Of course, securing a franchise quarterback will boost the profile of any draft class, and that's what happened for Atlanta. Ryan helped stabilize the game's most important position following the suspension of the team's former starting quarterback, Michael Vick. From 2008 through 2012, the Falcons reached the playoffs four times and won their division title three times. That is an unprecedented run of success for a franchise such as the Falcons.

Before injuries derailed his career, Baker -- who was released by the team on Monday -- was a regular starter on the offensive line. Douglas posted a 1,000-yard receiving season in 2013. Lofton, who signed with the Saints in 2012, has started every game in his seven-year career. DeCoud earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2012 after intercepting six passes. Biermann has 21 career sacks.


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