Matt Ryan: ‘Draft Experience Was Awesome’

Matt Ryan: 'Draft Experience Was Awesome' With the NFL draft just around the corner, NESN turned to one of Boston’s most successful recent draft stories for insight.

Former Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan was selected by the Falcons with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 draft, and he has nothing but good memories about his experience.

“The draft experience was awesome,” Ryan told Cole Wright on Wednesday’s edition of SportsDesk. “I was down in New York for the draft and I got to spend the week there with my family, and it was something that we all enjoyed and we all remember. This time of year, everybody kind of gets a little bit nostalgic about it.”

Despite all the criteria teams use to evaluate players — from Wonderlic tests to pro day workouts to interviews — Ryan believes that the majority of a team’s decision whether or not to draft a player comes from his college performance on the field.

“I think at the end of the day, most of the way the scouts use and coaches use [to evaluate players] is from the tape that they see from what the guys do on the field,” Ryan said. “You have to do your homework when you’re investing money into these guys, and you have to make sure they are what you think they are.”

Ryan, who makes his home in Atlanta these days, misses a lot of things about Beantown — and one thing in particular.

“Boston’s a great town — I think one of the things I miss the most is the North End,” Ryan said. “I’m a big Italian food guy.”

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