Every draft there is one person that is not expected to make the final cut on his team. It’s not someone with legal issues (because the NFL cares so much about those). Nor is it someone with a questionable work ethic or suspect stats.
It is simply the last person picked; No 253 (this year), otherwise known as Mr. Irrelevant.
The name may imply that the guy does not have a chance in heck of making the team, but that is far from the case. There have been a number of Mr. Irrelevants that have gone on to have productive careers, most recently Kansas City Chiefs place kicker Ryan Succop (2009 Mr. Irrelevant).
Even if you don’t make the team, at least until you're cut you get to be a professional football player. No other player in the draft has a week of fun and festivities in his honor at Newport Beach in sunny California. For a week the town lays out the red carpet, with the year’s Mr. Irrelevant the guest of honor at a golf tournament, a regatta, and a roast (in the spirit of the Comedy Central variety).
He even gets his own trophy. It’s done in the spirit of the Heisman trophy, but depicts a player fumbling the ball rather than the infamous Heisman pose.
This year the lucky last pick will be able to, well—get lucky. Assuming the lovely young lady in the video is being honest the final pick of the draft will get to have a ‘special’ night alone with her (Mom and Dad must be proud).
Often times it is possible to guestimate who it will be by looking at mock drafts, seeing who is rated around that pick, and according to the needs of the team with the final pick. However, since it belongs to the Indianapolis Colts that’s going to be kind of tough—they need help just about everywhere.
The following players are some possible candidates:
Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor: I’d actually like this guy for the Colts. He’s a powerful, bruising runner that can really eat up some yards, and has the ability to break away when he gets into open ground. Plus, I think Donald Brown is extremely overrated.
Case Keenum, QB, Houston: It seems strange to take two QBs in the same draft, but Keenum could be the next Matt Flynn type. The man holds every major passing record in college football. He may have put those numbers up against inferior foes, but he’s worth giving a shot with the final pick of the draft.
Trevor Guyton, DL, Cal: This guy has tons of upside and could provide some valuable depth for Chuck Pagano’s defense. With runners like Arian Foster, Chris Johnson, and Maurice Jones-Drew in the division he could sure come in handy.
Article by Travis Pulver