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3 Most Notable ‘Mr Irrelevants’ Picks in NFL History

Considered as one of the NFL’s most outlandish and quirky traditions, designating the last player in each year’s NFL Draft with the Mr. Irrelevant title has become a tradition for nearly 50 years.

While for some, being the last pick in the NFL Draft could be something to feel embarrassed about, at the end of the day, considering the vast amount of football players trying to make their way into the league, who cares if you’re last? The point is you got in!

3 Most Notable ‘Mr Irrelevants’ Picks in NFL History
Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers/Steph Chambers/Getty Images/AFP

In honor of the Mr. Irrelevant title, and the relevance it has gained as of lately because of a certain passer out in the NFC West, here are my picks for the three most relevant and notable Mr. Irrelevants in NFL history:

 

1. Brock Purdy, QB, San Francisco 49ers (2002 Draft)

Of course this list had to start with the man responsible for making the “Mr. Irrelevant” position one of the most popular in the NFL in recent times: San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Brock Purdy.

After being selected last overall with pick No. 262 in the 2022 NFL Draft, nobody really expected Purdy to have any playing time in the league. Certainly not anytime soon.

At the end of the day that’s usually the reality for the last picks of each year’s draft. But lo and behold, Purdy had some very different plans for his career and is already one of the most popular and beloved players in the league.

After stepping up to the challenge of being San Francisco’s starting QB following a season-ending injury suffered by former Niners passer Jimmy Garoppolo, Purdy put the league on notice in his rookie season, leading the team on a 5-0 win streak to finish out the season.

Purdy went from being a nobody to one of the hottest commodities for NFL betting lines fans looking to score big wins.

In the playoffs, Purdy would continue with his streak, leading the Niners to two consecutive wins before suffering an injury and falling short against the Philadelphia Eagles in that season’s NFC title game.

Not to be outdone, Purdy came back even stronger in 2023, leading San Francisco’s electric offense to a 12-5 regular-season record and a subsequent trip to the Super Bowl, where the Niners fell short against the Kansas City Chiefs.

With the way Purdy has performed thus far in his brief career, and considering how high his ceiling appears to be moving forward, it almost feels like that when watching him play, one can’t help but wonder: Who was Mr Irrelevant?

2. Ryan Succop, K, Free Agent (2009)

Before Purdy hit the scene, the “Mr. Irrelevant” scene hadn’t really had any real prospects to give the moniker any real respect. That is unless you count former Chiefs, Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers placekicker, and Super Bowl champion, Ryan Succop.

Back in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Chiefs would use their last pick to snap up the former South Carolina Gamecocks place kicker. From there until his release in 2013, Succop was the team’s starting kicker.

Afterward, once he joined the Titans, Succop would continue being one of the league’s most reliable kickers, playing in all of Tennessee’s games from 2014 until 2018. He played in only six games in 2019 before leaving for the Buccaneers.

It was in Tampa Bay where Succop would see the most success in his career. He was the team’s kicker in Tampa Bay’s 31-9 win in Super Bowl LV, which came against his former team, the Chiefs. His presence in the game would make him the first Mr. Irrelevant to play, start and win a Super Bowl, going 4-for-4 on extra points and converting his only field goal attempt.

Following the finish of the 2022 season, Succop would go on to be released and is now a free agent looking to bring his talents to another team looking for a kicker that went from being Mr. Irrelevant to Super Bowl champion.

3. Jacque MacKinnon, TE, 1961

Closing out the list for most notable Mr. Irrelevants in the league’s history is a player that, for some people. doesn’t necessarily count as a Mr. Irrelevant, considering the nickname wasn’t coined until the mid-1970s. Jacque MacKinnon, a tight end and fullback, was drafted back in 1961, former tight end and fullback Jaque MacKinnon.

But hey, you try and find notable Mr. Irrelevants and then come tell me if it was easy to find players that would actually go on to make some sort of real impact in the league and then we’ll talk.

Drafted with the 280th pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1961 draft, MacKinnon would once again be selected one year later by the San Diego Chargers with the 264th pick of the AFL draft, where he would opt to play for the majority of his career.

Coached by Hall of Famer Sid Gillman, MacKinnon was a pivotal part of the legendary “twin tight-end” formation alongside fellow TE Dave Kocourek. With the Chargers he would win the 1963 AFL Championship, go to two AFL All-Star games, (now known as Pro Bowls) and would end up being part of the first class of the Chargers Hall of Fame.

Questions Of The Day

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The NFL Draft will run from April 25-27, 2024.

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As of right now the Houston Texans hold the last pick for the upcoming NFL Draft.

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