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Matt Ryan was selected third overall by the Atlanta Falcons during the 2008 NFL Draft.
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Each spring brings hope for National Football League (NFL) teams, especially for those that had poor win-loss records in the previous season. The NFL draft is held in April and is the opportunity for teams to improve their roster by adding those college players considered to be the most talented in the world.

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NFL teams develop their player rosters through three methods: free-agent signings, trading their players for players from other teams, and drafting college players who have decl­ar­ed themselves eligible for the NFL draft. The NFL draft is a two-day event in which all 32 teams take their turns selecting these players.

In this article, we'll take a closer look at the event that determines the future success of NFL teams by explaining the ground rules of the event, the selection process, and who is eligible to be drafted.

2008 NFL Top-ten Round One Draft Picks
Miami Dolphins Jack Long/OT/Michigan
St. Louis Rams Chris Long/DE/Virginia
Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan/QB/Boston College
Oakland Raiders Darren McFadden/RB/Arkansas
Kansas City Chiefs Glenn Dorsey/DT/LSU
New York Jets Vernon Gholston/DE/Ohio State
New Orleans Saints Sedrick Ellis/DT/USC
Jacksonville Jaguars Derrick Harvey/DE/Florida
Cincinnati Bengals Keith Rivers/LB/USC
New England Patriots Jerod Mayo/OLB/Tennessee
Source: NFL.com
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