2008. Matt Ryan (Pick: Jake Long)
Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells didn’t make many mistakes through the course of his NFL career. But one of those mistakes did come when he was the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins, and led the charge to select offensive tackle Jake Long with the #1 overall pick, instead of quarterback Matt Ryan.
There will be interesting discussion some day about whether Ryan belongs in the Hall of Fame, but he’s at least been one of the most consistently solid quarterbacks over the past decade, at a position that the Dolphins have struggled to fill since Dan Marino retired.