Mr. Irrelevant is the title bestowed each year upon the last pick of the annual National Football League draft. Although the NFL Draft dates back to 1936, the first person to officially be given the "Mr. Irrelevant" title was Kelvin Kirk, pick number 487 of the 1976 draft. The current Mr. Irrelevant is Caleb Wilson, former tight end for the UCLA Bruins, who was picked 254th by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2019 draft.
"Mr. Irrelevant" and "Irrelevant Week" arose in 1976, when former Southern California and NFL receiver Paul Salata founded the event in Newport Beach, California. He continued to announce the final pick of the NFL draft until 2013; from 2014 his daughter took over in announcing the pick. During the summer after the draft, the new Mr. Irrelevant and his family are invited to spend a week in Newport Beach where they enjoy a trip to Disneyland, a golf tournament, a regatta, a roast giving advice to the new draftee, and a ceremony awarding him the Lowsman Trophy. The trophy mimics the Heisman, but depicts a player fumbling a football.
"Irrelevant Week" gave so much publicity to "Mr. Irrelevant" that in 1979 the Los Angeles Rams, with the penultimate pick, intentionally passed to let the Pittsburgh Steelers, with the last pick, choose first. The Steelers also wanted the publicity and passed as well. The two teams continued to refuse to choose a player until NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle forced the teams to pick, with the Steelers winning the pick. The incident led to the "Salata Rule", which prohibits teams from passing to get the final pick.
Since the NFL draft was cut to its current seven-round format in 1994, players presented with this dubious honor have more often succeeded in making the team that drafted them, with some making significant contributions on the field.
|1978||12||28||334||Lee Washburn||Cowboys||G||Montana State|
|1979||12||27||330||Mike Almond||Steelers||WR||Northwestern State|
|1980||12||28||333||Tyrone McGriff||Steelers||G||Florida A&M|
|1982||12||28||334||Tim Washington||49ers||DB||Fresno State|
|1986||12||28||333||Mike Travis||Chargers||DB||Georgia Tech|
|1988||12||28||333||Jeff Beathard||Rams[c]||WR||Southern Oregon|
|1989||12||28||335||Everett Ross||Vikings[d]||WR||Ohio State|
|1991||12||28||334||Larry Wanke||Giants||QB||John Carroll|
|1995||7||41||249||Michael Reed||Panthers||DB||Boston College|
|1996||7||45||254||Sam Manuel||49ers||LB||New Mexico State|
|1998||7||52||241||Cam Quayle||Ravens||TE||Weber State|
|2000||7||48||254||Michael Green||Bears[i]||DB||Northwestern State|
|2003||7||48||262||Ryan Hoag||Raiders[j]||WR||Gustavus Adolphus|
|2004||7||54||255||Andre Sommersell||Raiders||LB||Colorado State|
|2005||7||41||255||Andy Stokes||Patriots||TE||William Penn|
|2009||7||47||256||Ryan Succop||Chiefs||K||South Carolina|
|2010||7||48||255||Tim Toone||Lions||WR||Weber State|
|2012||7||46||253||Chandler Harnish||Colts||QB||Northern Illinois|
|2013||7||48||254||Justice Cunningham||Colts||TE||South Carolina|
|2016||7||32||253||Kalan Reed||Titans[k]||CB||Southern Miss|
|2017||7||35||253||Chad Kelly||Broncos||QB||Ole Miss|
Prior to Mr. Irrelevant, Jimmy Walker was the final pick in 1967 despite never having played college football. His main sport, however, was basketball, in which he was a consensus All-American and the nation's leading scorer as a senior at Providence College. Walker was the first pick in the 1967 NBA Draft, and opted for a career in the NBA.
|1936||9||9||81||Phil Flanagan||Giants||G||Holy Cross|
|1942||22||5||200||Stu Clarkson||Bears||C||Texas A&I|
|1945||32||6||330||Billy Joe Aldridge||Packers||B||Oklahoma A&M|
|1947||32||7||300||Don Clayton||Giants||B||North Carolina|
|1948||32||7||300||Bill Fischer||Cardinals||G||Notre Dame|
|1949||25||10||251||John (Bull) Schweder||Eagles||G||Pennsylvania|
|1954||30||11||360||Ellis Horton||Lions||B||Eureka (IL)|
|1956||30||11||360||Bob Bartholomew||Browns||T||Wake Forest|
|1957||30||11||360||Don Gest||Giants||E||Washington State|
|1959||30||12||360||Blair Weese||Colts||B||West Virginia Tech|
|1962||20||14||280||Mike Snodgrass||Packers||C||Western Michigan|
|1965||20||14||280||George Haffner||Colts||QB||McNeese State|
|1966||20||15||305||Tom Carr||Colts||T||Morgan State|
|1968||17||27||462||Jimmy Smith||Bengals||TE||Jackson State|
|1970||17||26||442||Rayford Jenkins||Chiefs||DB||Alcorn A&M|
|1971[m]||17||26||442||Charles Hill||Raiders||WR||Sam Houston State|
|1973||17||26||442||Charles Wade||Dolphins||WR||Tennessee State|
Andy Stokes (born June 2, 1981) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted with the final pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, earning him the title of Mr. Irrelevant. The New England Patriots draftee went to William Penn University where he was a tight end. Cut by the Patriots during training camp, he landed on the roster for the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad, but was released on August 21, 2006.Caleb Wilson
Caleb Brandon Wilson (born July 15, 1996) is an American football tight end for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). Wilson played college football at UCLA. He was drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Cardinals, with the 254th pick, making him Mr. Irrelevant.Cam Quayle
Cameron P. Quayle (born September 24, 1972) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted with the final pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, earning him the title of Mr. Irrelevant. The Baltimore Ravens draftee went to Weber State University where he was a tight end. Quayle retired from football after a neck injury and pursued a career as a pediatric dentist.Chad Kelly
Chad Patrick Kelly (born March 26, 1994) is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson and Ole Miss. The Denver Broncos selected him in the seventh round with the final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, making him that year's Mr. Irrelevant.Daron Alcorn
Daron Alcorn (born May 12, 1971) is a former American football placekicker who played eight seasons in the Arena Football League with the Portland Forest Dragons/Oklahoma Wranglers, San Jose SaberCats and Las Vegas Gladiators. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the last selection in the 1993 NFL Draft, making him Mr. Irrelevant. He played college football at the University of Akron and attended Mountain View High School in Vancouver, Washington. Alcorn was also a member of the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football.Gerald Christian
Gerald Christian (born August 26, 1991) is an American football tight end who formerly played for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football before it shut down in 2019. He was Mr. Irrelevant in 2015 when the Arizona Cardinals drafted him with the 256th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisville. His brother, Geron Christian, played college football at Louisville as well, and plays for the Washington Redskins.Justice Cunningham
Justice Cunningham (born January 14, 1991) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He played college football at South Carolina. In the 2013 NFL Draft, he was the 254th and last player to be drafted, making Cunningham the year's Mr. Irrelevant. Cunningham was the second consecutive Mr. Irrelevant for the Indianapolis Colts, who chose Chandler Harnish as the last pick of 2012 NFL Draft.Kalan Reed
Kalan Ascher Reed (born December 29, 1993) is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was Mr. Irrelevant in 2016 when the Tennessee Titans took him with the final pick of the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft. In college, Reed played for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.Kelvin Kirk
Kelvin Kirk (December 31, 1953 – July 2, 2003) was an American football wide receiver who played seven seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts, Calgary Stampeders, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Ottawa Rough Riders. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventeenth round of the 1976 NFL Draft, making him the first Mr. Irrelevant of the NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Dayton and attended Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio. Following his career in the CFL, Kirk worked as an artist for the Ottawa Citizen before his sudden death by heart attack while playing a pick-up game of basketball in 2003.Kevin McMahan
Kevin Nathaniel McMahan (born March 2, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the last pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, earning him the title Mr. Irrelevant. He played college football at Maine.
McMahan was also a member of the Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers.Larry Wanke
Larry Wanke is a former American football quarterback and in the 1991 NFL Draft, was Mr. Irrelevant.Lonnie Ballentine
Lonnie Ballentine (born April 23, 1993) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Houston Texans with the final pick (256th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft, making him Mr. Irrelevant for 2014. He played college football at Memphis.Marty Moore
Marty Moore (born March 19, 1971) is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for eight seasons for the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns. Moore was the first Mr. Irrelevant ever to play in a Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXXI). Moore played high school football for Highlands High in Ft. Thomas and college football at Kentucky, playing in the 1993 Peach Bowl and becoming the final pick in the 1994 NFL Draft after his senior season.Ramzee Robinson
Ramzee Robinson (born February 20, 1984) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the last pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, earning the title of Mr. Irrelevant. He played college football at Alabama.
Robinson has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. He is currently the Player Engagement Coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.Ryan Hoag
Ryan Scott Hoag (born November 23, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the final pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, earning him the title of Mr. Irrelevant. He played college football at Gustavus Adolphus.
Hoag has also been a member of the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Edmonton Eskimos, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Sentinels. Hoag currently works as a substitute teacher at his alma mater, Washburn High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also a tennis instructor at ICC.Ryan Succop
Ryan Barrow Succop ( "suck-up"; born September 19, 1986) is an American football placekicker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He became the 2009 Mr. Irrelevant by virtue of being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the final pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. Succop played college football at South Carolina.Tevita Ofahengaue
Tevita Lotoatau Ofahengaue (born July 9, 1974) is a former American football tight end. He was the last (246th) pick in the 2001 National Football League draft, thus qualifying as that year's "Mr. Irrelevant". He was drafted out of Brigham Young University by the Arizona Cardinals.Tim Toone
Timothy Lee Toone (born February 14, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the final pick (255th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, earning the title of Mr. Irrelevant. He played two years of NCAA Division I FCS college football at Weber State in Ogden, Utah.Trey Quinn
Trey Quinn David Lee Quinn lll (born December 7, 1995) is an American football wide receiver for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He holds the all-time high school record for most career yards receiving. He played college football at LSU and SMU. He was drafted with the final pick of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Redskins, making him that year's Mr. Irrelevant.
Mr. Irrelevant selections
|Early era (1936–1959)|
|AFL and NFL era (1960–1966)|
|Common draft (1967–1969)|
|Modern era (1970–present)|