NFL Draft – Relevancy of Mr. Irrelevant

The 2020 NFL Draft will end on Saturday April 25th around 5:00, with the New York Giants making the 255th and final pick of the draft. The last pick of the draft is known as Mr. Irrelevant.

Mr. Irrelvant gets a week in Newport Beach, California with his family, a trip to DisneyLand, a trophy and a few other fun perks (though circumstances of the world may impact this year’s trip).

But how irrelevant is the final pick? I do some digging on the recent history of the last pick.

2019 – Cardinals – TE Caleb Wilson (254)

Wilson was a Second-team All-American at UCLA in 2018. He played 0 NFL games in 2019. After spending most of the season on the Cardinals practice squad, the Redskins signed him to the 53 man roster, but he never played.

2018 – Redskins – WR Trey Quinn (256)

This pick initially belongs to the Falcons. they traded it to the Rams, who traded it to Redskins. 

Quinn has 2 touchdown catches through two seasons. He made his debut as a WR during week 11 of his rookie season, catching 4 for 49 yards. The next week, on Thanksgiving, Quinn caught 5 passes, including his first career touchdown. The touchdown came moments after a long punt return.

In 2019, Quinn played 12 games and started 6. His 26 catches were sixth on the team and his 198 yards were seventh. His one touchdown came during a week 1 loss to the Eagles. Quinn’s 4th catch of the game was a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum with 12 seconds remaining in the game.

5 catches during week 3 against the Bears were his season-high and 36 yards week 2, were his season-high.

2017 – Broncos – Chad Kelly (253)

In college, Kelly was far from irrelevant. At Ole Miss, Kelly was First-team All-SEC in 2015, Second-team in 2016. He ended his career winning MVP of the Sugar Bowl as the Rebels beat Oklahoma State 48-20.

In back-to-back seasons Kelly helped Ole Miss beat Alabama.

First, when Bama was #2 in 2015.

Then, again in 2016 when Bama was ranked #1.

But in the NFL, nothing good has happened. His only appearance was week 6 of the 2018 season when he took a knee to end a game. That was his one and only snap. Broncos released him in October 2018 following an arrest. He spent 2019 on the Colts, splitting time between practice squad and active roster.

2016 – Titans – CB Kalen Reed (253)

This pick originally belonged to the Broncos, who wound up with FB Andy Janovich as part of a series of trades beginning in 2016, that included 16 trades, 15 teams, and 47 players.

As a rookie in 2016, Reed played just 4 games, recording 3 tackles on special teams throughout the final month.

In 2019, the Seahawks picked him up off waivers but placed him on injured reserved with a neck injury. It’s unknown if he will be medically cleared to play again.

2015 – Cardinals – TE Gerald Christian (256)

Former Louisville TE tore his ACL during the final preseason game in 2015. He was on the Bills’ active roster for a couple of weeks in October during the 2016 season, and again in December. He played two games in October but never saw the field on offense. In a week 11 loss to the Raiders, Christian saw 2 targets at TE, catching 1 for 14 yards.

Christian played for the Arizona Hotshots in the (now-defunct) AAF league. He caught 14 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown.

2014 – Texans – FS Lonnie Ballentine (256)

Not much here – Ballentine played college ball at Memphis. Spent 2014-2017 as part of the Texans organization, mostly on injured reserve.

On 10/18/2015, in a game against the Jaguars, Ballentine recorded 3 tackles and also deflected a pass. Those are his only career stats.

2013 – Colts – TE Justice Cunningham (254)

Cunningham had 1 catch for 4 yards during a week 12 blow out loss in 2013. Two days later, he was released. And he never caught another pass.

2012 – Colts – QB Chandler Harnish (253)

Harnish was a star at Northern Illinois – he was named MAC Offensive Player of the Year and MVP in 2011.

He never played a snap in the NFL and was the second QB drafted by the Colts in 2012, 252 picks after Andrew Luck went #1.

2011 – Texans – DE Cheta Ozougwu (254)

Ozougwu played 9 games in Chicago between 2012-2013. He debuted week 11 2013 and had a sack and a forced a fumble against the Ravens. That game is his most notable achievement, plus 8 total tackles in 9 games.

2010 – Lions – WR Tim Toone (255)

Toone was an FCS All-American at Weber State in 2009, but he never played in an NFL game. Between 2010-2013, he spent time on the practice squads of the Lions, Bills, Broncos, Saints and a little bit of time on the 53 man roster in 2012, but was never active.

2009 – Chiefs – K Ryan Succop (256)

Succop is pretty well-known, kicking for the Chiefs from 2009-2013 and with the Titans from 2014-2019. Succop played all 16 games for his first 10 years, but missed extensive time in 2019 with injuries, playing just 6 games.

For his career, Succop has hit 82.2% of his field goals and 97.1% of his extra points.

In 2016, Succop hit a revenge game winning kick as time expired.

2008 – Rams – LB David Vobora (254)

Vobora didn’t have a lengthy career, but did contribute for four years (3 with Rams, 1 with Seahawks). He played 40 total games, starting 16. Vobora had 2 sacks during the 2010 season and finished his career with 98 tackles.

Mike is an alum of the University of Cincinnati and the ultimate sports nerd.

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