Atlanta ended up making 11 selections that season, beginning with their first-round pick at No. 3 overall with
The Falcons landed five starters in that draft and that number should tell you all you need to know about the draft class. In addition to Ryan, left tackle
After becoming a starter during the '09 season, DeCoud had his first Pro Bowl season in 2012.
The other selections (Curtis Lofton, Chevis Jackson, Thomas Brown, Wilrey Fontenot and Keith Zinger) are no longer with the Falcons, but it's important to point out that Lofton spent four seasons as the starting middle linebacker in Atlanta before signing a free-agent contract last offseason with the New Orleans Saints. He continued to be a solid starter after joining them. Jackson spent two seasons with the Falcons, starting three games.
To land Baker at the 21st pick in the first round, Dimitroff traded two of their second-round picks and a fourth pick to Washington to move back into the first round. After an encouraging rookie season, Baker's career was slowed by injuries before performing at a high level during a completely-healthy 2012 season.
Biermann and Douglas, based on their contributions and frequency on the field, can be considered starters. While neither of them is yet putting up Pro Bowl numbers, they're integral parts of what the Falcons do on defense, offense and special teams. Both were re-signed to the Falcons in the offseason, a move that signals their importance.
With the Ryan pick alone, it's safe to say the 2008 draft for Atlanta would be considered a success, but when looking at the other pieces the Falcons landed in their introductory draft in the Dimitroff/Smith era, you can't consider that draft anything less than a pivotal moment in the recent history of the franchise.