NFL draft: Cardinals make UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson this year's 'Mr. Irrelevant'

It was fitting that the final pick of the draft was a playmaking offensive player going to the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals, who started the draft by taking quarterback Kyler Murray on Thursday night, had the 254th and final pick to end it. They chose UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson, fitting with their draft strategy of getting playmakers to fit new coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense.

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Wilson is an interesting pick for the final selection of the draft. He’s a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds. He’s the son of Chris Wilson, who was a standout linebacker at Oklahoma and the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive line coach through last season.

Wilson, who was a high school quarterback, could be a find. It was surprising he lasted until the end of the draft. He was the Bruins’ only first-team all-Pac-12 selection last season. He had 60 catches for 965 yards and four touchdowns as a junior. He declared early for the NFL draft, and probably expected to be taken before No. 254, but at least he snuck into the draft. And was taken by a team that looks like it wants to pass the ball a lot.

Last year’s Mr. Irrelevant stuck with Washington

Last year’s Mr. Irrelevant seems like a keeper. The Washington Redskins took receiver Trey Quinn from SMU. With Jamison Crowder gone, reports have indicated the team is hoping Quinn helps fill that hole at slot receiver. Last season Quinn appeared in three games for Washington, with two starts. He had nine catches, 75 yards and a touchdown.

Quinn had 114 receptions, 1,236 yards and 13 touchdowns in his lone season for SMU before the draft. He’ll have a chance to do more for Washington this season. He has a more promising NFL future than 2017 Mr. Irrelevant, Chad Kelly, a quarterback who was drafted by the Denver Broncos but cut last year after a weird incident in which he was arrested for trespassing after a Halloween party with teammates. Kelly remains unsigned.

Mr. Irrelevant can be hit or miss in the NFL.

Mr. Irrelevant festivities happen during the summer

The Mr. Irrelevant tradition started in 1976. This year, “Irrelevant Week” will be from June 28-July 2, in Newport Beach, California, its usual location. The party usually includes a parade and banquet, a visit to Disneyland, a sailing regatta in Newport Harbor, as well as a Los Angeles Dodgers or Los Angeles Angels game. Money is raised for charity through the various events.

Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop, who helped announce the Wilson pick on Saturday in front of his home fans in Nashville, is probably still the king of Mr. Irrelevants, in terms of the most successful NFL career. The last pick of the 2009 draft, Succop has had 10 NFL seasons and counting. He spent his first five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, and the last five with the Titans. Succop made 26-of-30 field-goal attempts last season, and has made a strong 83.6 percent of his field-goal attempts in his career. That’s pretty good for the last pick of the draft. The Cardinals can only hope Wilson has a similar career.

Wilson has a lot in front of him. He has to learn the Cardinals’ offense and make and impression on a new coaching staff. But between that, he’ll have some fun as this year’s “Mr. Irrelevant.”

UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson (81) was the final pick of the 2019 NFL draft. (AP)
UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson (81) was the final pick of the 2019 NFL draft. (AP)

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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