Ryan gives Falcons hope, new identity

Drafting Matt Ryan was the right move for the Falcons, a team in desperate need of a fresh face and someone capable of generating optimism, writes Pat Yasinskas.

Originally Published: April 26, 2008
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

It doesn't really matter if Matt Ryan turns out to be the next Peyton Manning or the second coming of David Carr. He's already done a lot for the Atlanta Falcons.

In the seconds after commissioner Roger Goodell announced the Boston College quarterback as the No. 3 overall pick, Ryan put on an Atlanta hat, held up a jersey and smiled.

When's the last time you saw an Atlanta quarterback smile? When's the last time you saw anybody with the Falcons smile?

"It's exciting ...

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