The third overall pick in the 2008 draft, Ryan took over the reins for a Falcons club still reeling from the Michael Vick debacle. Ryan's first ever NFL pass was a 62-yard touchdown strike to Michael Jenkins, and he's hardly slowed since. In leading the Falcons into the playoffs, Ryan threw for more than 3,200 yards and had tossed 15 touchdowns through 15 games.
Text: Josh Zembik
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