Mr. Irrelevant is the name given to the player chosen as the final pick in each year's NFL draft. This year, with the 253rd and final pick in the draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected Chandler Harnish, a quarterback from Northern Illinois.
It is doubtful that there will be a quarterback controversy in Indianapolis, despite the fact that the Colts spent a pick on another quarterback, despite picking Stanford's Andrew Luck as the first overall draft pick and the starting quarterback for the post-Peyton Manning.era.
It's not as though Chandler Harnish didn't have a good career at Northern Illinois. He set 30 Northern Illinois passing, rushing and total offense records in four years as the Huskies’ starting quarterback. He was also a two-time first-team All-MAC selection. As the 2012 Mr. Irrelevant, Harnish will receive the Lowsman Trophy, which mimics the Heisman Trophy, but depicts a player fumbling a football.
Not only that, but as Mr. Irrelevant, Harnish will be gifted during "Irrelevant Week." During the summer after the NFL draft, the new Mr. Irrelevant and his family are invited to spend a week in Newport Beach, California, where they enjoy a golf tournament, a regatta, a roast giving advice to the new draftee, and a ceremony awarding him the Lowsman Trophy.
During the 2011 regular season, Harnish had 4,043 yards of total offense, including 1,351 rushing yards and 2,692 passing yards. On October 15, 2011, while playing against Western Michigan, Harnish became only the 10th player in NCAA Division I FBS history to achieve a 200-200 game. He rushed for a career-high 229 yards and passed for 203 yards in a 55-21 win over the Broncos.
Harnish is 6'2", and weighs 220. Most project him as e a long-term backup to Andrew Luck.
Mr. Irrelevant doesn't always stay irrelevant. For example, 1999's Jim Finn eventually became the starting fullback for the New York Giants.
2009 "winner" Ryan Succop went on to become the starting kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs. He went on to tie the NFL record for highest field goal percentage by a rookie in a season with 86.2 percent, and also passed NFL Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud for most field goals made by a rookie in Chiefs history. Succop was awarded the Mack Lee Hill Award that year.
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