2008 NFL Draft do-over: Miami Dolphins get Matt Ryan By Bucky BrooksNFL Media analyst NFL.comPublished: April 3, 2014 at 04:35 p.m.There's nothing like looking back at a draft to see where the coaches and scouts got it right or wrong with their evaluations. Although evaluators don't have the benefit of hindsight when making selections at the time, I've been able to monitor the progress of the top prospects in this draft throughout their respective careers. Here's how I would re-do the 2008 NFL Draft based on what I know about the players and teams since that point:Note: A 2007 video-taping scandal forced the Patriots to forfeit their No. 31 overall pick.1. Miami DolphinsPick: Jake Long Do-Over: Matt Ryan Comment: Given another chance to select a franchise quarterback over the "best player available," Bill Parcells would definitely take the signal caller in Miami. Ryan has been a standout performer since entering the league. Most important, he has consistently guided his team into the postseason with his steady hand at the position.2. St. Louis RamsPick: Chris Long Do-Over: Jake Long Comment: Chris Long has been a productive player off the edge, but the selection of Jake Long would've solidified a position that's been one of the Rams' biggest weaknesses on offense.3. Atlanta Falcons Pick: Matt Ryan Do-Over: Joe Flacco Comment: It's hard to poke holes at Joe Flacco's suggestion that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL when you look at his Super Bowl ring and overall winning percentage. He consistently leads his teams into the playoffs, which is a significant deal in a league that's all about winning. 4. Oakland RaidersPick: Darren McFadden Do-Over: Chris Johnson Comment: The late Al Davis would take the CJ2K in a draft do-over based solely on his superior speed, quickness and burst. Johnson is one of the elite runners in the NFL, with six consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to open his career.5. Kansas City ChiefsPick: Glenn Dorsey Do-Over: Jamaal Charles Comment: The Chiefs grabbed Charles in the third round of the 2008 draft, but he has been the crown jewel of the class. The perennial Pro Bowler is arguably the most explosive running back in the NFL, with a game that's built on speed, quickness and burst.6. New York JetsPick: Vernon Gholston Do-Over: Ray Rice Comment: After whiffing on Gholston in the original draft, the Jets would opt to add a rugged runner to complement their "Ground and Pound" attack under Rex Ryan. Rice is more than capable of filling the bill with a hard-nosed running style that shines in cold weather.7. New Orleans SaintsPick: Sedrick Ellis Do-Over: DeSean Jackson Comment: Imagine the numbers Drew Brees would put up with a legitimate speedster on the perimeter. While Jackson's prickly personality would test the patience of the Saints' coaching staff, the opportunity to add a player with a track record of delivering big plays (Jackson leads the league with 35 40-plus yards receptions since 2008) would make the risk-reward proposition a worthwhile gamble. 8. Jacksonville Jaguars Pick: Derrick Harvey Do-Over: Ryan Clady Comment: Clady is one of the premier offensive tackles in the league. It's possible that his steady presence at left tackle would've improved dismal quarterback play that plagued the Jaguars in recent years. 9. Cincinnati BengalsPick: Keith Rivers Do-Over: Aqib Talib Comment: Marvin Lewis has been successful rehabbing troubled playmakers throughout his tenure in his Cincinnati. While Talib's immaturity would require some added attention, there's no doubt that his skills as a ball hawk would've helped the Bengals defense hold up against the elite offenses in the AFC.10. New England Patriots Pick: Jerod Mayo Do-Over: Matt Forte Comment: It's hard to suggest that Mayo has been a disappointment with the Patriots when you look at his production, but I'm sure Tom Brady would love to have a versatile weapon like Forte in the backfield. The Pro Bowler capably anchors the ground game with his slippery running style, while also adding key production as a dangerous receiver out of the backfield. 11. Buffalo BillsPick: Leodis McKelvin Do-Over: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Comment: Rodgers-Cromartie has been maddeningly inconsistent as a cover man throughout his career, but he has the talent and potential to be the premier shutdown corner in the league. 12. Denver BroncosPick: Ryan Clady Do-Over: Duane Brown Comment: Critics snickered when Brown emerged as a first-round selection in the original draft, but he has rarely given up sacks or holding penalties since entering the league. That's exactly what coaches want from a franchise offensive tackle selected near the top of the board.13. Carolina Panthers Pick: Jonathan Stewart Do-Over: Jerod Mayo Comment: Mayo would've been a perfect fit in the Panthers' 4-3 defensive scheme. He is an instinctive playmaker with a knack for finding the ball at the point of attack.14. Chicago Bears Pick: Chris Williams Do-Over: Branden Albert Comment: Williams' struggles in Chicago would lead the team to nab Albert in a do-over. The big-bodied offensive tackle has quietly been one of the best at his position throughout his career. 15. Kansas City Chiefs Pick: Branden Albert Do-Over: Dustin Keller Comment: Keller wouldn't make Chiefs fans forget Tony Gonzalez, but he certainly would've given the team an explosive weapon in the middle of the field. 16. Arizona CardinalsPick: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Do-Over: Jordy Nelson Comment: Nelson would've been a perfect complementary receiver to Larry Fitzgerald in the passing game. He is a big, physical receiver with the speed and burst to blow past defenders in one-on-one matchups on the backside. 17. Detroit LionsPick: Gosder Cherilus Do-Over: Chris Long Comment: Adding a productive, high-motor pass rusher to one of the best defensive lines in football would've taken the Lions defense to another level.18. Baltimore Ravens Pick: Joe Flacco Do-Over: Calais Campbell Comment: Ozzie Newsome has done a great job of identifying "football players" in the draft. Campbell doesn't garner significant attention on the national scope, but he has been one of the top defenders in the league the past two seasons. 19. Carolina Panthers Pick: Jeff Otah Do-Over: Chris Williams Comment: Williams was a disappointment in Chicago, but he has had a solid career since moving inside to offensive guard. The Panthers love to feature a big, physical offensive line, which makes this move a sensible one in a draft do-over. 20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick: Aqib Talib Do-Over: Martellus Bennett Comment: Bennett was considered an underachiever during his first few seasons in the NFL, but his recent emergence as a top tier tight end suggests that he has the talent to anchor a passing game as a deep middle threat.21. Atlanta FalconsPick: Curtis Lofton Do-Over: Same Comment: Lofton has been one of the most productive tacklers in the NFL since stepping into the league. Although the Falcons allowed Lofton to leave as a free agent in 2012, the team would love to have his rugged presence in the middle of a defense that has slipped considerably since his departure.22. Dallas CowboysPick: Felix Jones Do-Over: Carl Nicks Comment: Nicks became one of the top interior blockers in the NFL after being overlooked on draft day. He would command significant attention in a draft do-over due to his strength, power and polished overall blocking ability.23. Pittsburgh SteelersPick: Rashard Mendenhall Do-Over: Brandon Flowers Comment: Flowers is the ultra-competitive cover corner that has traditionally played in Pittsburgh. The Pro Bowler brings toughness, tenacity and physicality to the position.24. Tennessee TitansPick: Chris Johnson Do-Over: Pierre Garcon Comment: CJ2K was sensational for the Titans, but developing a playmaking receiver would've helped advance the careers of Vince Young and/or Jake Locker as franchise quarterbacks.25. Dallas Cowboys Pick: Mike Jenkins Do-Over: Thomas DeCoud Comment: DeCoud would've given Jerry Jones the hard-hitting safety the Cowboys have missed over the past few seasons.26. Houston Texans Pick: Duane Brown Do-Over: Red Bryant Comment: Bryant would've given the Texans the big body needed to play on the interior of an aggressive 3-4 defense. 27. San Diego Chargers Pick: Antoine Cason Do-Over: Orlando Scandrick Comment: Scandrick entered the NFL viewed as one of the best athletes in the draft. He has developed into a top cover corner in Dallas despite playing primarily as a nickel corner throughout his career. 28. Seattle SeahawksPick: Lawrence Jackson Do-Over: Cliff Avril Comment: Avril played a key role on a Seahawks defensive line that wreaked havoc on foes on the way to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. Imagine if he played in the Pacific Northwest from the start of his career.29. San Francisco 49ers Pick: Kentwan Balmer Do-Over: Tracy Porter Comment: The 49ers attempted to upgrade their defense by adding another weapon along the frontline, but grabbing a sticky cover corner with terrific ball skills would've been a better option.30. New York JetsPick: Dustin Keller Do-Over: Jermichael Finley Comment: The Jets were looking for a deep middle threat when they selected Keller at this point. Finley has been a superior player for most of his career, so nabbing the big, athletic pass catcher at the bottom of the round would've been a sensible decision at this point.31. New York Giants Pick: Kenny Phillips Do-Over: Darren McFadden Comment: The oft-injured McFadden has shown flashes of greatness as a runner, but he has failed to play a full season as a pro. Regardless, McFadden's considerable talent would make it hard for a team to bypass him at the bottom of the first round.Follow Bucky Brooks on Twitter @BuckyBrooks.
Talib was a good pick. He was good when Gruden was coach.
No he wasn't. He had good ball skills but overall was not a good player. He gave up a TD in something like 7 consecutive games. In the 2010 Ravens game he got destroyed, even to the point where the ref told him he was playing like **** but people thought he had a good game because he had an interception.
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