With the 254th and final pick of the 2013 NFL draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected South Carolina tight end Justice Cunningham, this year's Mr. Irrelevant. It's the second straight year in which the Colts got the final pick of the draft -- in 2012, they took Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish. Cunningham was a somewhat productive target in the last two seasons, finishing his four-year stint with 50 catches for 581 yards and a touchdown.
He majored in sport and entertainment management, and has three siblings: a brother named Power, and sisters named Promise and Sincere.
In 2012, Cunningham caught 23 of those passes for 324 yards. But he's more of a blocker, and with Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen already in the game plan, one wonders where Cunningham might fit. Then again, new Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton ran a few three-TE sets at Stanford, so you never know.
For his role as Mr. Irrelevant, Cunningham will be the star of "Irrelevant Week XXXVIII," which is a thing that actually happens. From the official event site:
Founded by Paul Salata in 1976, Irrelevant Week is a 38-year-old philanthropic tradition within the Newport Beach community that commemorates the final National Footbal League draft pick each season while simultaneously raising money for charitable organizations. During the summer following the draft, Mr. Irrelevant and his family are invited to participate in a host of events throughout Orange County.
This year, Irrelevant Week XXXVIII is proud to support Special Olympics Southern California.
So, it's a fun event for a good cause. Fortunately, the players seem to have a sense of humor about it, and get into the feel of things. Harnish actually tweeted a succession welcome to the newest member of the club:
Proud to pass the Mr. Irrelevant torch over @justiceivall87 . Congrats and welcome to the Colts!
— Chandler Harnish (@C_Harnish) April 27, 2013
Believe it or not, some of these Misters Irrelevant have made tracks in the NFL. Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop, selected with the final pick in the 2009 NFL draft, enjoyed career highs in field goals attempted (34) and made (28) in 2012. That's what happens when your offense doesn't score a lot of touchdowns. Succop signed a $14 million contract extension in 2012, so you can make fun of him as he drives past you in his Escalade.
Fullback Jim Finn, taken with the final pick of the 1999 draft, was released by the Chicago Bears, the team that took him, but later played seven total seasons for the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants. 2008 "winner" David Vobora started some games at linebacker for the St. Louis Rams.
Now, Cunningham isn't quite the "loser" you might think -- he did receive an invitation to the scouting combine, and he did pretty well -- ran a 4.90 40-yard dash at 6-foot-3 and 258 pounds, recorded a 31 1/2-inch vertical leap, and managed some pretty decent times in the agility drills. You can see some of his game tape here.
So, welcome to the NFL, Justice Cunningham. You may have come in through the back door, but that doesn't mean you can't succeed!
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