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Memphis safety Ballentine crowned 'Mr. Irrelevant' by Texans

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The Houston Texans closed the three-day, seven-round NFL draft on Saturday with pick No. 256, and Memphis safety Lonnie Ballentine was crowned Mr. Irrelevant in 2014, the last of 10 picks by the Texans, who kicked off the lottery with top pick defensive end Jadeveon Clowney three days earlier.

NFLDraftScout.com projects Ballentine could be quite relevant.

"Not only does he look the part, but Ballentine backed up his film work with an outstanding pro day, producing a 4.39 40-yard dash, 38-inch vertical leap and 18 reps on the bench," analyst Dane Brugler said.

Mr. Irrelevant is honored with a weeklong festival culminating in a parade in Newport Beach, Calif., all coordinated by "Irrelevant Week" founder Paul Salata. The former NFL player was unable to attend his 39th NFL draft on Saturday to announce the final selection in the 2014 draft, and was replaced by his daughter.

Last year, Justice Cunningham was Mr. Irrelevant. The South Carolina tight end chosen by the Indianapolis Colts and spent most of the season on the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster in November but released and signed by the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 31, 2013.

The Colts also owned the Mr. Irrelevant pick in 2012 and used it on Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish, who is on the current roster. In 2009, Kansas City drafted kicker Ryan Succop with the final pick, and he became a five-year starter.

Below are the previous Mr. Irrelevant picks:

2013 (254) Indianapolis Colts -- Justice Cunningham, TE, South Carolina

2012 (253) Indianapolis Colts -- Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois

2011 (254) Houston Texans -- Cheta Ozougwu, DE Rice University

2010 (255) Detroit Lions -- Tim Toone, WR Weber State

2009 (256) Kansas City Chiefs -- Ryan Succop, K South Carolina

2008 (252) St. Louis Rams -- David Vobora, LB Idaho

2007 (255) Detroit Lions -- Ramzee Robinson, CB Alabama

2006 (255) Oakland Raiders -- Kevin McMahan, WR Maine

2005 (255) New England Patriots -- Andy Stokes, TE William & Penn

2004 (255) Oakland Raiders -- Andre Sommersell, OLB Colorado State

2003 (262) Oakland Raiders -- Ryan Hoag, WR Gustavus Adolphus
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