The Falcons won a coin toss Friday, awarding them the third pick in the 2008 NFL draft. The Raiders and Chiefs, who along
with the Falcons finished at 4-12 last season, will select fourth and fifth, respectively.
How much will this ultimately matter? Since the 1970 draft,
there have been more Pro Bowl selections for players chosen fourth in
the draft (91, with three Hall of Famers) than by players chosen third
(79, two Hall of Famers). Players chosen fifth have accounted for 56
Pro Bowl selections (one Hall of Famer).
The Hall of Famers: No. 3s-Anthony Munoz (1980) and Barry Sanders
(1989); No. 4s-John Hannah (1973), Walter Payton (1975) and Dan Hampton
(1979); No. 5 Mike Haynes (1976).
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