I was tempted to go with the 2001 draft with all the damage of Michael Vick and what the trade gave up to acquire the pick, but I will refrain. After all, Vick did some good things for Atlanta in making the playoffs and beating the Packers in Lambeau, while the 2001 draft also featured bargains like Crumpler in the 2nd round and Kynan Forney in the 7th.
2000 was selected as the weakest draft this decade. Every other year featured at least one notable player that made an impact for the franchise. In 2000, two years removed from the Super Bowl, Atlanta selected Travis Claridge in the 2nd round, a player relegated to the CFL after a few seasons in the NFL. Mark Simoneau was the 3rd round selection, a player with some success in New Orleans after little in Atlanta (all the more reason to negatively impact the draft of 2000…going to a rival!).
The rest of the draft showing little to nothing in return and Atlanta went on to have another losing campaign in 2000. Thank goodness those days are long behind us. Thanks, Thomas Dimitroff!!