Mr. Irrelevant Awarded To Detroit Again, But Who Should It Be?

Jared JohnstonContributor IMarch 23, 2010

Everyone remembers the last time the Lions were awarded the last pick in the draft, aka Mr. Irrelevant. Matt Millen picked Ramzee Robinson as the last pick in 2007. His last play for the Lions was the last game of the infamous 2008 season, when he taunted a player who dropped a pass from Aaron Rogers. He was penalized a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for the taunting and the season went down into history. I'm not saying it was Robinson's fault, but it's the mistakes like that, that are always plaguing the Lions from one year to the next. This is a brief look at the last pick in the NFL draft this year. And a question to all you Lions fans, is it possible that we can find a relevant Mr. Irrelevant?

To give you some insight into the list of who some past Mr. Irrelevant's are, heres a short list of the past 15 years from Wikipedia..


Obviously we can see that there are no sleepers from the last position in the draft in the past 15 years. I'd post more up there but trust me, there aren't any notable names from the history of the NFL that were drafted at the last spot. There were however lots of names who are potential hall of fame football players who were never even drafted. So this begs the question, why on earth is it so hard to pick someone in the 7th round? 

Some notable names from more recent history who were never drafted include; Kurt Warner, Dick "Night-Train" Lane, Warren Moon, John Randle, Antonio Gates, Priest Holmes, Tony Romo, Adam Viniteri, and Jeff Saturday. So why is it so hard to get it right on the last pick of the draft? There is obviously talent left on the table when the last pick is selected in the draft. 

So who should we go after with the last pick? Here is a short list of players who are marked as 7th Round-FA Talent, there are lots of them. Someone on this list has to be worth that last spot. Who could it be??

 We could use a new kicker since Jason Hanson is one of the oldest guys in the NFL now and he's got to be reaching the end of his career soon. He also had an injury last year. 

Brett Swenson K, Michigan State

Height: 5-8. Weight: 160. 

Projected Round (2010): 7. 
3/14/09: Brett Swenson hit 22-of-28 attempts. He was 6-of-7 from 40 to 49, but just 1-of-3 from 50-plus. 

Or we could look at some an OLB to play special teams and for depth. However I see our roster having little room with the designated special teams hitters of Johnson, Follet and Cirucu. Here is one though that looks like he might be able to help. 

Patrick Trahan, Ole Miss 
Height: 6-3. Weight: 230. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.70. 
Combine 40 Time: . 
Benchx225: . Vertical: . 
Projected Round (2010): 7-FA. 

1/8/10: Notched 68 tackles, a whopping 11 TFL and four sacks in his first year as a full-time starter.

Or we could look at a human battering ram for short yardage situations and blocking?

It's highly unlikely that he'll make it to the last pick but how about the Terminator? If Connor doesn't fall to the last pick there are several other FB's we could look at. 

 John Conner, Kentucky 
Height: 5-11. Weight: 241. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.68. 
Combine 40 Time: 4.72. 
Benchx225: 24. Vertical: . Broad: . 
Projected Round (2010): 6-7. 

10/10/09: Has only six carries in 2009. Too busy sending a robot back through time to prevent the future. 

7/26/08: A solid blocker who caught seven passes out of the backfield as a sophomore. He should get more looks there now that Steve Johnson, Keenan Burton and Jacob Tamme are off to the NFL. 

Or how about another WR out of CMU who grew tremendously having Dan LeFevour throwing to him?

Bryan Anderson, Central Michigan 
Height: 6-5. Weight: 215. 
Projected 40 Time: 4.62. 
Combine 40 Time: . 
Vertical: . Broad: . 
Projected Round (2010): 7-FA. 

Any suggestions? There are so many guys who wont be drafted. One of them has to be a Diamond in the Rough!