However, both Ryan and the Falcons are very close to becoming an annual threat in the NFL.
Ryan will be entering his fifth year in the league in 2012, and he has helped the Falcons to reach the playoffs in three of his four years.
Despite the good performances over the past few years, Ryan is not considered an elite quarterback, and he shouldn't be.
Ryan is on the verge of becoming an elite quarterback at the professional level. If a few things go right in 2012, then Ryan could very well be in the discussion of the top five quarterbacks in the league.
Let's take a look at four reasons why Ryan is very close to being an elite quarterback in the NFL.