This year’s Mr. Irrelevant, Rice University’s Cheta Ozougwu who was drafted by the Houston Texans with the 254th overall pick. Mr. Irrelevant you ask – the name given to the last player selected in the NFL draft.
While at Rice, Ozougwu had 198 tackles (121 solo), 11 sacks, 21 solo tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles. At the combines in February, the 6-foot-2, 247 pound defensive end numbers were solid in that he ran a 4.85 40-yard dash, hit the 225-pound bench press 26 times, and posted a 34 ½-inch vertical. But NFL scouts describe him as a “tweener” — not big enough to be an every-down defensive end, and not explosive enough to stand out as an outside rush linebacker.
Allegedly, Mr. Irrelevant and his family will be invited to spend a week in Newport Beach, CA where they enjoy a golf tournament, a regatta, a roast giving advice to the new draftee, and a ceremony awarding him the Lowsman Trophy. (This trophy mimics the Heisman, but depicts a player fumbling a football.)
Note: Even though I have been Irrelevant for years, this is the 24th NFL draft in a row in which I have been eligible, but not selected. There’s always next year.