Mr. Irrelevant Throughout the Years

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IApril 27, 2013

Mr. Irrelevant Throughout the Years

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    The selection of "Mr. Irrelevant" is one of most entertaining moments in any NFL draft. 

    There's an odd but fun buildup to the last player picked. He's even given a custom jersey these days. 

    Let's take a look at all the Mr. Irrelevants over the years, including 2013's final choice, South Carolina tight end Justice Cunningham.

     

    All statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com. All personal data courtesy of IrrelevantWeek.com unless otherwise noted.

1976: Kelvin Kirk

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    Position: Wide receiver

    College: Dayton

    NFL Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

     

    Career

    Kirk never played a down in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1977: Jim Kelleher

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    Position: Running back

    College: Colorado 

    NFL Team: Minnesota Vikings

     

    Career

    Kelleher never played a down in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1978: Bill Kenney

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    Position: Quarterback

    College: Northern Colorado 

    NFL Team: Miami Dolphins

     

    Career

    Kenney was cut from the Dolphins after training camp. Then he was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs and made his professional debut with them two years later.

    He played in 106 games in his nine-year career, starting 77 of them. 

    Kenney threw for 17,277 yards with 105 touchdowns and 86 interceptions. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1983.

     

    Where is he now?

    After his days in the NFL, he spent eight years as a senator in Missouri. He is now retired from politics. 

1979: Mike Almond

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    Position: Wide receiver

    College: Northwestern State

    NFL Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

     

    Career

    Almond never played a down in the NFL.

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown. 

1980: Tyrone McGriff

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    Position: Guard

    College: Florida A&M

    NFL Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

     

    Career

    McGriff appeared in 36 games and started 10 of them in his three-year NFL career. 

     

    Where is he now?

    He played in the USFL for the Michigan Panthers and Memphis Showboats. He died of a heart attack in 2000 (h/t Los Angeles Times).

1981: Phil Nelson

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    Position: Tight end

    College: Delaware

    NFL Team: Oakland Raiders

     

    Career

    Nelson never played a down in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1982: Tim Washington

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    Position: Defensive back

    College: Fresno State

    NFL Team: San Francisco 49ers

     

    Career

    Washington played one game for the 49ers and one game for the Chiefs.

     

    Where is he now?

    He died in 1992 of viral pneumonia at the age of 32 (h/t IrrelevantWeek.com).

1983: John Tuggle

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    Position: Running back

    College: California

    NFL Team: New York Giants

     

    Career

    Tuggle appeared in all 16 games for the Giants in the 1983 season, starting five of them. He carried the ball 17 times for 49 yards with one rushing touchdown. He also caught three passes for 50 yards. 

     

    Where is he now?

    He was forced out of football after being diagnosed with cancer. He died in 1986 at the age of 25 (h/t New York Times).

1984: Randy Essington

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    Position: Quarterback

    College: Colorado

    NFL Team: Oakland Raiders

     

    Career

    Essington never played a down in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1985: Don Chumley

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    Position: Defensive tackle

    College: Georgia

    NFL Team: San Francisco 49ers

     

    Career

    Chumley never played a down in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Per IrrelevantWeek.com, he is a high school teacher and coach today.

1986: Mike Travis

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    Position: Defensive back

    College: Georgia Tech

    NFL Team: San Diego Chargers

     

    Career

    Travis never played a down in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1987: Norman Jefferson

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    Position: Defensive back

    College: LSU

    NFL Team: Green Bay Packers

     

    Career

    Jefferson played in 14 games for the Packers over two years.

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1988: Jeff Beathard

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    Position: Wide receiver

    College: Southern Oregon

    NFL Team: Los Angeles Rams

     

    Career

    Beathard never played a down in the NFL.

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1989: Everett Ross

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    Position: Wide receiver

    College: Ohio State

    NFL Team: Minnesota Vikings

     

    Career

    Ross never played a down in the NFL.

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1990: Demetrius Davis

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    Position: Tight end

    College: Nevada

    NFL Team: Los Angeles Raiders

     

    Career

    Davis never played a down in the NFL.

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1991: Larry Wanke

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    Position: Quarterback

    College: John Carroll

    NFL Team: New York Giants

     

    Career

    Wanke never played a down in the NFL.

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1992: Matt Elliott

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    Position: Center

    College: Michigan

    NFL Team: Washington Redskins

     

    Career

    Elliott played in every game as a rookie in 1992 for the Redskins. After being cut in 1994 following an injury, he was signed by the Carolina Panthers and appeared in 47 contests, starting 22 of them.

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1993: Daron Alcorn

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    Position: Kicker

    College: Akron

    NFL Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

     

    Career

    Alcorn never played a down in the NFL.

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1994: Marty Moore

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    Position: Linebacker

    College: Kentucky

    NFL Team: New England Patriots 

     

    Career

    Moore played in 112 games during his eight-year career, seven of which were with the New England Patriots. 

    He finished with 110 total tackles in the NFL and was the first Mr. Irrelevant to play in a Super Bowl, when he took the field for the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI against the Green Bay Packers. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1995: Michael Reed

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    Position: Defensive back

    College: Boston College

    NFL Team: Carolina Panthers

     

    Career

    Reed played for two seasons with the Panthers, appearing in two games. He was credited with two NFL tackles. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1996: Sam Manuel

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    Position: Linebacker

    College: New Mexico State

    NFL Team: San Francisco 49ers


    Career

    Manuel never played in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1997: Ronnie McAda

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    Position: Quarterback

    College: Army

    NFL Team: Green Bay Packers

     

    Career

    McAda never played a down in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1998: Cam Quayle

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    Position: Tight end

    College: Weber State

    NFL Team: Baltimore Ravens

     

    Career

    Quayle never played in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

1999: Jim Finn

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    Position: Running back

    College: Pennsylvania 

    NFL Team: Chicago Bears

     

    Career

    Finn played in 106 games, 45 of which he started in his seven-year career with the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants. He signed with the Colts after being released by the Bears after the 1999 training camp.

    He caught 60 passes for 423 yards with one touchdown in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    He lives in Hackensack, N.J. (h/t New York Times).

2000: Michael Green

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    Position: Defensive back

    College: Northwestern State 

    NFL Team: Chicago Bears

     

    Career

    Green played in 108 games as a professional, and he started 48 of them. He accumulated 340 tackles, six sacks and four interceptions while playing for the Bears, Seahawks and Redskins over eight seasons.

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

2001: Tevita Ofahengaue

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    Position: Tight end

    College: Brigham Young 

    NFL Team: Arizona Cardinals

     

    Career

    Ofahengaue never played a down in the NFL. 


    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

2002: Ahmad Miller

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    Position: Defensive tackle

    College: UNLV

    NFL Team: Houston Texans

     

    Career

    Miller never played a down in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

2003: Ryan Hoag

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    Position: Wide receiver

    College: Gustavus Adolphus

    NFL Team: Oakland Raiders

     

    Career

    Hoag never played a down in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    He appeared on ABC's The Bachelorette (h/t RealityTVWorld.com).

2004: Andre Sommersell

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    Position: Linebacker

    College: Colorado State

    NFL Team: Oakland Raiders

     

    Career

    Sommersell never played a down in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

2005: Andy Stokes

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    Position: Tight end

    College: William Penn

    NFL Team: New England Patriots

     

    Career

    Stokes never played a down in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

2006: Kevin McMahan

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    Position: Wide receiver

    College: Maine

    NFL Team: Oakland Raiders

     

    Career

    McMahan has never played a down in the NFL. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

2007: Ramzee Robinson

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    Position: Cornerback

    College: Alabama

    NFL Team: Detroit Lions

     

    Career

    Robinson appeared in 26 games during his three-year NFL career with the Lions, Eagles and Browns. He totaled 14 tackles. 

     

    Where is he now?

    Unknown.

2008: David Vobora

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    Position: Outside linebacker

    College: Idaho

    NFL Team: St. Louis Rams

     

    Career

    Vobra appeared in 40 games, starting 16 of them during his four-year NFL career with the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks.


    Where is he now?

    He is currently a free agent. 

2009: Ryan Succop

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    Position: Kicker

    College: South Carolina

    NFL Team: Kansas City Chiefs

     

    Career

    Succop has been the Chiefs kicker since his rookie year. Per IrrelevantWeek.com, "Succop finished his rookie season tying an NFL record for highest field goal percentage by a rookie in a season with 86.2%."

     

    Where is he now?

    He is currently on Chiefs roster as the starting kicker. 

2010: Tim Toone

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    Position: Wide receiver

    College: Weber State

    NFL Team: Detroit Lions 


    Career

    Toone has never played a down in the NFL.

     

    Where is he now?

    He is currently a free agent.

2011: Cheta Ozougwu

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    Position: Defensive end

    College: Rice

    NFL Team: Houston Texans

     

    Career

    Ozougwu appeared in two games for the Bears and recorded three tackles.

     

    Where is he now?

    He is currently on the the Bears roster. 

2012: Chandler Harnish

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    Position: Quarterback

    College: Northern Illinois

    NFL Team: Indianapolis Colts 

     

    Career

    Harnish has never played a down in the NFL.

     

    Where is he now?

    He is currently on the Colts roster.

2013: Justice Cunningham

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    Position: Tight end

    College: South Carolina

    NFL Team: Indianapolis Colts