NFL Draft: Mr. Irrelevant's Time Has Come

By Adam Caparell - April 29, 2007


NEW YORK - With the 255th and final pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected Ramzee Robinson, a DB from Alabama, giving him the infamous title of Mr. Irrelevant, the name annually bestowed upon the last man selected in the draft. He may not make it in the NFL, but he'll go to his grave with the nickname. The pick drew quite the applause from the few hundred fans remaining at Radio City Music Hall who nonetheless had a few other names in mind.

Rounds 6 and 7 went by fast, and closed without a whole lot of action, but we did see some notables finally come off the board like in the sixth round that included HB Blades, Pitt LB, who went to Washington at No. 179. Blades is a good linebacker who I really think could make a decent career for himself at the next level. David Irons, Auburn DB and brother to Kenny, went at No. 194 to Atlanta.

Some notable defensive names came off the board in the seventh. Chase Pittman, LSU DE, went to Cleveland at No. 213. Florida LB Brandon Siler went to San Diego with pick No. 240. CJ Ah You, the Oklahoma DE, finally came off the board at No. 239 to Buffalo.

Chansi Stuckey, the Clemson WR, went to the Jets at No. 235. He as potential. And Clark Harris, the Rutgers TE, had his named called, going at No. 243 to Green Bay. If he's over that injury that slowed him at the Combine and Senior Bowl, he could make a mark. At No. 250, Ahmad Bradshaw was a late selection of the Giants.

Most notable names not drafted including Florida's Chris Leak, Notre Dame's Darius Walker (looks like he got some very bad advice) and Rhema McKnight, Louisville's Nate Harris, Boise State's Jared Zabransky and Pitt's Tyler Palko. Let the free agent scramble begin.

So that'll do it for the 2007 NFL Draft. It lasted a grand total of 18 hours 5 minutes, a new record, and featured what seemed like as many trades as drafted players. It was impossible to follow all the late round picks that were jostled around and equally hard to keep track of where everyone finally ended up. The biggest news of the day didn't involved the drafting of any player, but rather the trading of Oakland WR Randy Moss to New England. So much for JaMarcus Russell throwing those 60 yards bombs to Moss next year.

So the marathon has ended. It's been fun. It's been interesting. It's been grueling. But to paraphrase Brady Quinn from yesterday, "That's the draft."

Posted by Adam Caparell at 05:41 PM on April 29, 2007
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