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Ravens reportedly tried to trade entire draft class to get Matt Ryan in 2008

Ravens reportedly tried to trade entire draft class to get Matt Ryan in 2008
Published On: Tue, Feb 07
Sep 26, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Luke McCown, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and Falcons quarterback Matt Schaub talk prior to their game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

In 2007, the Ravens went 5-11 and that, coupled with the lack of development from 2003 first-round pick Kyle Boller, had a lot to do with the team's decision to fire Brian Billick. In Atlanta, first-year coach Bobby Petrino quit after 13 games and the Falcons limped to a 4-12 record. Joey Harrington, Chris Redman and Byron Leftwich all started games that season.
Both teams headed into the 2008 NFL Draft desperately in search of a franchise quarterback. The Falcons had the No. 3 pick while the Ravens were No. 8. It was no great secret that Atlanta had designs on Matt Ryan, who had starred at Boston College, but Baltimore wasn't going to let him go without a fight.

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Ravens talked with the Rams, who had the second-overall pick, about swapping places so they could leapfrog the Falcons in the race to Ryan. So what was on the table?
Rapoport says the Ravens offered their entire draft class to the Rams, adding that "The trade nearly happened, but the Rams asked for more -- they also wanted Baltimore's second-round pick from 2009 to clinch the deal."

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