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Looking back at the 2008 NFL draft

By Jenni Carlson Published: December 14, 2008
Glimpse into Bradford’s future?
Look back at the 2008 NFL Draft, and you can see what the future might hold for Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. Many pundits are predicting he’ll be a high first-round pick if he decides to declare himself eligible for next spring’s draft. What could that mean?

Here’s a look at the quarterbacks who were first-day selections in the 2008 draft:

Matt Ryan

Selected: No. 3 overall by Atlanta

Contract: Signed a 6-year, $72 million contract with $34.75 million guaranteed.

The former Boston College standout has started every game for the resurgent Falcons. He’s thrown for almost 3,000 yards along with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. An ESPN The Magazine cover boy earlier this month, Ryan is one of the favorites for NFL Rookie of the Year honors.

Joe Flacco

Selected: No. 18 overall by Baltimore

Contract: Signed a 5-year, $30 million contract with $8.75 million guaranteed.