NFL Draft: Ryan Succop and the Top 5 Mr. Irrelevants in NFL History
Every year in the NFL Draft, there are seven rounds of 32 selections and 32 compensatory picks—256 in all. Also, every year, the last player chosen in the draft is given the honorary title as Mr. Irrelevant. While sounding like a negative moniker, the honor of being Mr. Irrelevant is twofold.
First, you are forever enshrined deep in NFL lore. Second, you earn the honor of being drafted even though you may never actually play in the NFL.
Whether it's considered an honor or a curse to be named Mr. Irrelevant, there is always one. Every once in a while, he gets his chance in the limelight. Here, then, are who we at Bleacher Report feel are the Top Five Mr. Irrelevants of all time.
5. Mike Green—2000 (Chicago Bears)
Mike Green was a safety and corner out of Northwestern State taken with the last pick of the 2000 NFL Draft. He didn’t play after the 2007 season, and mainly played as a backup in his career, but he did rack up some of the biggest numbers of any Mr. Irrelevant ever.
Forced Fumbles: 7
In the end, the lack of talent and some injuries ended his career after nine years and 104 games. Not terrible for the last pick.
4. Jim Finn—1999 (Chicago Bears)
Another Mr. Irrelevant for the Bears, Jim Finn was a fullback who played college ball at Pennsylvania. He only lasted until 2007, but he did win a Super Bowl ring that year with the Giants—even though he spent the season on injured reserve.
Although he had been a consistent blocker for the Giants’ running game, his troubles with injuries finally saw him cut from the team. He hasn’t played in the NFL since.
3. Matt Elliot—1992 (Washington Redskins)
Matt Elliot was an interior lineman for the Redskins and Carolina Panthers from 1992 to 1997. He started 48 games throughout his career.
Elliot played his college ball at Michigan He started 35 games there, and was named an All-American in 1991 and co-MVP of the 1991 Gator Bowl.
Elliot’s was another possibly steady career cut shorter by injury concerns.
2. Ryan Succop—2009 (Kansas City Chiefs)
Kickers are commonplace picks in the later rounds of the draft, and Ryan Succop barely made the cut in 2009. After playing his college days out at South Carolina, he ended up being the opening day starter in the '09 season, and won the Mack Lee Hill Award.
The Mack Lee Hill Award is an organizational “Rookie of the Year” award for the Chiefs. Succop earned it by tying the NFL record for best kicking percentage by a rookie (86.2), and by scoring more points (104) than any other rookie in 2009.
He looks to have a bright future as a kicker in the NFL. Someday, he could easily surpass the former Chiefs' QB as the No. 1 Mr. Irrelevant of all time.
1. Bill Kenney—1978 (Miami Dolphins)
Even though Kenney was drafted by the Dolphins, he played all his NFL games with the Kansas City Chiefs. He even earned a Pro Bowl invite in 1983 after super-bust Todd Blackledge failed to pan out in the QB spot.
In his nine-year career, he threw for 105 TDs, with 86 INTs and a total of over 17,000 yards. He also held Chiefs' single season records for passing yards (with 4,348) and completions (with 346) until Trent Green surpassed both of those records in 2004.
He never won a Super Bowl, and was never meant to be a starter, but he made his status as a draft pick count and is the No. 1 Mr. Irrelevant of all time.