There's nothing like looking back at a draft to see where the coaches and scouts got it right or wrong with their evaluations. Although evaluators don't have the benefit of hindsight when making selections at the time, I've been able to monitor the progress of the top prospects in this draft throughout their respective careers. Here's how I would re-do the 2008 NFL Draft based on what I know about the players and teams since that point:
1. Miami Dolphins
Comment: Given another chance to select a franchise quarterback over the "best player available," Bill Parcells would definitely take the signal caller in Miami. Ryan has been a standout performer since entering the league. Most important, he has consistently guided his team into the postseason with his steady hand at the position.
3. Atlanta Falcons
Comment: It's hard to poke holes at Joe Flacco's suggestion that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL when you look at his Super Bowl ring and overall winning percentage. He consistently leads his teams into the playoffs, which is a significant deal in a league that's all about winning.
5. Kansas City Chiefs
Comment: The Chiefs grabbed Charles in the third round of the 2008 draft, but he has been the crown jewel of the class. The perennial Pro Bowler is arguably the most explosive running back in the NFL, with a game that's built on speed, quickness and burst.
6. New York Jets
Pick: Vernon Gholston
Comment: After whiffing on Gholston in the original draft, the Jets would opt to add a rugged runner to complement their "Ground and Pound" attack under Rex Ryan. Rice is more than capable of filling the bill with a hard-nosed running style that shines in cold weather.
7. New Orleans Saints
Pick: Sedrick Ellis
Comment: Imagine the numbers Drew Brees would put up with a legitimate speedster on the perimeter. While Jackson's prickly personality would test the patience of the Saints' coaching staff, the opportunity to add a player with a track record of delivering big plays (Jackson leads the league with 35 40-plus yards receptions since 2008) would make the risk-reward proposition a worthwhile gamble.
9. Cincinnati Bengals
Comment:Marvin Lewis has been successful rehabbing troubled playmakers throughout his tenure in his Cincinnati. While Talib's immaturity would require some added attention, there's no doubt that his skills as a ball hawk would've helped the Bengals defense hold up against the elite offenses in the AFC.
10. New England Patriots
Comment: It's hard to suggest that Mayo has been a disappointment with the Patriots when you look at his production, but I'm sure Tom Brady would love to have a versatile weapon like Forte in the backfield. The Pro Bowler capably anchors the ground game with his slippery running style, while also adding key production as a dangerous receiver out of the backfield.
12. Denver Broncos
Comment: Critics snickered when Brown emerged as a first-round selection in the original draft, but he has rarely given up sacks or holding penalties since entering the league. That's exactly what coaches want from a franchise offensive tackle selected near the top of the board.
21. Atlanta Falcons
Comment: Lofton has been one of the most productive tacklers in the NFL since stepping into the league. Although the Falcons allowed Lofton to leave as a free agent in 2012, the team would love to have his rugged presence in the middle of a defense that has slipped considerably since his departure.
30. New York Jets
Comment: The Jets were looking for a deep middle threat when they selected Keller at this point. Finley has been a superior player for most of his career, so nabbing the big, athletic pass catcher at the bottom of the round would've been a sensible decision at this point.
31. New York Giants
Comment: The oft-injured McFadden has shown flashes of greatness as a runner, but he has failed to play a full season as a pro. Regardless, McFadden's considerable talent would make it hard for a team to bypass him at the bottom of the first round.