Everyone knows who Mr. Irrelevant is in the NFL draft, even if you really aren’t supposed to.
Mr. Irrelevant is the nickname given to the player selected with the final pick in the NFL draft. After three days of waiting and hoping, after watching 250 or more players selected prior, that final name is called to close out each draft.
Even though this player is the last selected, he’s not always a guy destined to ride the bench, especially if he’s a player from the Southeastern Conference.
Since 2007, three SEC players have been the final pick in their respective drafts. All three have seen the field.
- 2013 (Round 7, Pick 254) – Justice Cunningham, South Carolina
- 2009 (Round 7, Pick 256) – Ryan Succop, South Carolina
- 2007 (Round 7, Pick 255) – Ramzee Robinson, Alabama
Robinson played for three seasons with the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns. He played in 26 games but never started and registered 36 tackles.
Cunningham only caught one pass during his rookie season. He played tight end for the Indianapolis Colts.
Succop has seen the most success of the three. In five seasons he’s played in 80 games (all 16 each season for the Kansas City Chiefs) and connected on 81 percent of his field-goal attempts. He’s 119-for-147 on field goals and a perfect 160-for-160 on extra points.
Succop isn’t the only Mr. not-so Irrelevant from the SEC. In fact, two of the best three Mr. Irrelevant picks of all time have attended SEC schools.
In 1994, Kentucky linebacker Marty Moore was selected with the final pick of the draft in Round 78 with pick No. 222.
Moore played eight seasons in the NFL—seven with the New England Patriots and one with the Browns—starting in 19 games and playing in 112. He registered 146 tackles, one sack and three interceptions. The Patriots got some value from their final pick in the 1994 draft.
Succop and Moore and usually connected with defensive back Michael Green as the best Mr. Irrelevant picks of all time. Green, out of Northwestern State University, was picked in the seventh round of the 2000 drat (No. 254) and started 48 games and played in 104 during his eight-year career with the Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins.
Green picked off four passes, sacked six quarterbacks and was a part of 420 tackles.
The moral: If you have the final pick in the NFL draft, look at the SEC. If you can’t find anyone, at least find a player from the South (Northwestern State is in Natchitocjes, La.).