It’s every kid’s worst nightmare on the playground — two captains pick their teams, and as the number of remaining players dwindles, they each offer up a silent prayer they won’t be the last one selected.
Someone has to be the last player selected, and that’s the case in the NFL Draft as well, only the final player taken in each draft has come to be celebrated in a strange way with the bizarre title, “Mr. Irrelevant.”
Meet Mr. Irrelevant of the 2019 NFL Draft, UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson, who was selected with the final pick of the seventh round (No. 254 overall) by the Arizona Cardinals.
Most Mr. Irrelevants don’t pan out, either failing to make the roster, or going on to short, mostly anonymous careers. But there have been exceptions. Kicker Ryan Succop, the final player chosen in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, is still active 10 years later, with the Titans.
In a fitting tribute Saturday, Succop announced this year’s Mr. Irrelevant in front of the Nashville crowd.
“I gave (critics) a lot of ammunition,” Succop told the crowd before announcing the pick. “I was a field goal kicker, and my last name was Succop.”
Wilson caught 60 passes for 965 yards last season to lead UCLA in both categories. Both marks are records for a tight end in UCLA history.
Before he heads off to Cardinals training camp, Wilson gets some great door prizes for becoming Mr. Irrelevant 2019. He will be honored this summer with a week-long series of events in Newport Beach, Calif. He’ll visit Disneyland, sail in a regatta, do interviews, and basically celebrate his status as last man off the draft board. The annual celebration, founded in 1976 by former NFL wide receiver Paul Salata, helps raise money for charity.
The week concludes with the presentation of the Lowsman Trophy — a parody of the Heisman, obviously — only the trophy features a player fumbling a football.
On an odd note, Cardinals.com notes the team has picked a Mr. Irrelevant three times … and all three players were tight ends. They also drafted BYU’s Tevita Ofahengaue in 2001 and Louisville’s Gerald Christian in 2015.