The Atlanta Falcons Finally Get Some Good News as They Win the Coin Flip for the 3rd Overall Pick

By Lloyd Vance, BIGPLAY Football “Draft Guru” / Analyst and NFL Senior Writer

(Indianapolis, IN) — The Atlanta Falcons finally got some good news as they won the coin toss for 3rd overall draft position on Friday.  The Dirty Birds will try to rebuild under new GM Tom Domitroff and head coach Mike Smith with the third pick at the April 26th NFL draft.

Look for the Falcons to think quarterback with the pick (BC quarterback Matt Ryan ???) with the Oakland Raiders having the fourth and the Kansas City Chiefs the fifth pick.  All three teams finished at 4-12 and their opponents had an identical record (first tiebreaker)

With the coin flip settled there will be 31 picks in the first round of this year’s draft (New England forfeited its own pick from losing its choice, taken away as part of the penalty for its illegal taping of opponents’ signals).

The final 2008 NFL Draft first round order is listed below (Team listed with their 2007 regular season record and opponents winning percentage)

1      Miami          1-15,  .539

2      St. Louis      3-13, .512 

3      Atlanta        4-12,   .516 

4      Oakland       4-12,  .516 

5      Kansas City  4-12,   .516 

6      New York Jets  4-12,  .523 

7      New England (from San Francisco) 5-11,   .465 

8      Baltimore     5-11,      .516 

9      Cincinnati     7-9,        .461 

10     New Orleans 7-9,      .477 

11     Buffalo        7-9,       .516 

12     Denver        7-9,       .516 

13     Carolina       7-9,       .520 

14     Chicago        7-9,      .543 

15     Detroit         7-9,      .543 

16     Arizona         8-8,     .434 

17     Minnesota     8-8,     .504 

18     Houston       8-8,      .516 

19     Philadelphia  8-8,      .563 

20     Tampa Bay   9-7,      .469 

21     Washington   9-7,      .555 

22     Dallas (from Cleveland) 10-6,  .425 

23     Pittsburgh     10-6,     .453 

24     Tennessee     10-6,   .500 

25     Seattle          10-6,   .414 

26     Jacksonville   11-5,   .516 

27     San Diego     11-5,   .500 

28     Dallas           13-3,   .496 

29     San Francisco (from Indianapolis) 13-3,   .516 

30     Green Bay    13-3,   .469 

31     New England (pick forfeited) 16-0,     .469 

32     New York Giants 10-6,    .516

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