Mr. Not-So Irrelevant: 10 Most Successful Late-Round NFL Draft Picks
Everyone wants to look at the 1st and 2nd rounds of the NFL draft. Those players are looked at over and over again. Where a good GM makes his draft is in the later rounds.
So that is were we are heading. Late in the draft, and I do mean late. I am talking about the last pick in the NFL Draft.
The Mr. Irrelevant didn't truly start until 1976 when former NFL receiver Paul Salata founded Irrelevant week. The last pick is given The Lowsman Trophy which depicts a player fumbling a ball.
#10: Ryan Hoag
Teams: Oakland Raiders (2003), New York Giants (2003-2004), Minnesota Vikings (2004), Washington Redskins (2006-2007), Jacksonville Jaguars (2008)
I needed a No. 10 guy so here he is. No stats just stuck around for a long time and that is actually a pretty good thing to do when your the last pick.
If you do know this name it was because he had a stint on The Bachelorette. Like his life in the NFL he didn't do so well.
#9: Michael Reed
Team: Carolina Panthers (1995-1996)
Stats: 3 games 2 tackles
It does not take much to make the Mr. Irrelevant list and this proves it. Basically he was someone who played three games and got two tackles.
He makes the list due to the fact he made it into live NFL action.
#8: Ramzee Robinson
Teams: Detroit Lions (2007-2008), Philadelphia Eagles (2009), Cleveland Browns (2009-Present)
Stats: 29 tackles
Mr. Robinson is a huge step up from the first two guys. He has 26 more tackles than No.9 Michael Reed. He is also still currently in the NFL, which is no small task for the last pick.
He has had two tackles in one game. He is best known for taunting Packers wide receiver James Jones on a fourth and ten. The play resulted in a 15 yard penalty and a first down. This was week 16 during the Lions 0-16 season.
#7: Matt Elliott
Teams: Washington Redskins (1992), Carolina Panthers (1995-1997)
Stats: Played in 16 games as a rookie. Started 35 games for the Panthers
Elliott played in all 16 games as a rookie but suffered a knee injury and was cut in 1993.
He was out of the league for three years but came back with the Panthers and started in 35 games for them. The fact he started 35 games and was once the last pick in the draft says a lot.
#6: Marty Moore
Teams: New England Patriots (1994-1999, 2001), Cleveland Browns (2001)
Stats: 112 games played, 1 sack, 3 interceptions
Moore played in 112 games over the course of his NFL career. He has the honor of being the first Mr. Irrelevant to play in the Super Bowl.
He played in Super Bowl XXXI with the New England Patriots. Playing 112 games is impressive for being the last pick.
#5: David Vobora
Team: Saint Louis Rams (2008-present)
Stats: 61 tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 force fumbled
One of two players on this list that are still current players. Vobora has played in 20 games and started 11 of them. In 2009 he was named the starting outside linebacker for the Rams.
He had 46 tackles (36 solo 10 assists) before being suspended four games. He is still with the Rams and figures to contend once again for the starting job.
#4: Ryan Succop
Team: Kansas City Chiefs (2009-present)
Stats: 25-29 field goal (86.2 %), Long FG of 53 yards, 29-29 extra points, 72 kickoffs 7 touch backs
First things first with the name Succop (suck-up) he has the perfect name for Mr. Irrelevant. His last name alone made him a strong choice for No. 1.
Succop was the starting kicker for all 16 games in his rookie year. He kicked a 22 yard field goal to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime on November 22nd, 2009.
He tied the NFL record for the highest field goal percentage for a rookie. He also passed NFL Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud for the most field goals made by a Chiefs rookie.
He also scored 104 points in his rookie year which was most by any rookie in 2009. That also placed him at 2nd for most points by a Chief rookie.
#3: Jim Finn
Teams: Chicago Bears (1999), Indianapolis Colts (2000-2002), New York Giants (2003-2007)
Stats: 11 carries 30 rushing yards, 60 catches 423 yards, 1 touchdown
Finn played in 106 games overall in his career. He has started 45 of those games. His best years were with the New York Giants.
In 2005 he started 13 games and was the lead blocker for Tiki Barber. That year Barber set a franchise record with 1,860 yards rushing.
He was the lead blocker for Barber's three 200 yard rushing games. Three 200 yard rushing games in a year is also a Giants record.
Although he was on I.R. in 2007 he got a Super Bowl ring. He was cut shortly after the 2007 season.
#2: Mike Green
Teams: Chicago Bears (2000–2005), Seattle Seahawks (2006-2007), Washington Redskins (2008)
Stats: 426 tackles, 6 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, 4 interceptions
The top two guys on this list have had very good NFL careers. Green would be No. 1 if not for one honor.
To get to Green though he played in 104 games in his NFL career. He started 48 games in his career.
His best year was in 2002 when he recorded 129 tackles (100 solo 29 assists) with one sack. His best year interception-wise was in 2004 when he had two.
He also had another year in which he had 100 tackles (106 in in 2004). He was cut by the Redskins in 2008 and is still a free agent.
#1: Bill Kenney
Teams: Miami Dolphins (1978), Kansas City Chiefs (1980-1988), Washington Redskins (1989)
Stats: 1,330 completions 2,430 attempts (54,7%), 17,277 passing yards, 105 passing touchdowns, 5 rushing touchdowns, 77.0 rating, 1 Pro Bowl
Kenney is without a doubt the most successful Mr. Irrelevant ever. Or is he? He was actually the second to last pick but was given the "honor" of being Mr. Irrelevant after the real one did not show at camp.
Kenney never played with the Dolphins and moved onto the Kansas City Chiefs. He played little in his first two years amassing just 542 yards and two touchdowns.
He played 13 games in 1981 and had his best year up until that point with 1,983 yards and nine touchdowns. He threw 16 interceptions on the year though. His 1982 season was slightly worse with 1,192 yards, 6 touchdowns, and six interceptions.
In 1983 he had his career year with 4,348 yards to go along with 24 touchdowns. His 4,348 yards and 346 completions set team records. The 346 completions led the NFL.
He threw for 300 yards in four straight games. That included 417 against the Seattle Seahawks. He was then invited to the Pro Bowl. This is the only time Mr. Irrelevant went to the Pro Bowl.
He never matched those numbers again. He did have a year with 2,098 yards, and a year with 2,536 yards. He retired after being the third quarterback for the Redskins in 1989.
Keep An Eye on the Draft All the Way Until the End.
So there are the 10 guys that beat the odds and made an impact in the NFL. Will Mr. Irrelevant from the 2010 draft make an impact? Probably not, but this shows if they work hard they could be the next successful Mr. Irrelevant. You may want to tune in to the last pick of the draft so you can say "I knew he was going to make it."