South Carolina Gamecocks tight end Justice Cunningham was selected last in the NFL Draft, earning him the title of "Mr. Irrelevant." Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Mr. Irrelevant 2013: Justice Cunningham


Justice Cunningham, a tight end out of South Carolina, was drafted this weekend by the Indianapolis Colts, for which he was pretty excited – who cares if he’s been deemed this year’s Mr. Irrelevant?

Here’s how Cunngingham is described on his draft profile page at NFL.com:

WEAKNESSES

Very good blocker, acts as a third offensive tackle at times. Quick hands and light feet. Powerful punch, and can get a push or turn the shoulder of defenders. Savvy route running, sells body fakes to create separation. Adjusts well to the football.

WEAKNESSES

 Not an explosive athlete. Doesn’t jump off the line of scrimmage. Not very fast, won’t consistently threaten the seam. Doesn’t always make catches off his body. Lacks great height and length. Limited production.
Here’s what draft expert Mike Mayock had to say about Cunningham: “He’s a pretty good thumper as a blocker. A better athlete than you think for his body. He has the ability to finish in the end zone. I’m happy to see him get an opportunity. He just needs to be more consistent as a player.”

Does he have as great of a chance at sticking around for awhile with the Colts? Well, maybe not as much of a chance as the Kansas City Chiefs’ number one selection, Eric Fisher, but Cunningham wouldn’t be setting a precedent if he did make the team.

In fact, if he did, Cunningham, who is a 6-3, 258 pounder, would join plenty of players who have stuck around at least a couple of years. Among those picks are these guys:

• Cheta Ozougwu, 2011, Drafted by the Houston Texans in the 7th round (254th overall). He played two games in 2012 with the Chicago Bears;

• Ryan Succop, 2009, drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 7th round (256th overall). He’s a kicker who has played four full seasons with the Chiefs (64 games);

• Mike Green, 2000, drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 7th round (254th overall). He played six seasons with the Bears and one season each with the Seahawks and the Redskins (104 games);

• Marty Moore, 1994, drafted by the New England Patriots in the 7th round (222nd overall). He played seven seasons with the New England Patriots and one season with the Browns (112 games played); and

• Bill Kenney, 1978, drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 12th round (333rd overall). He played nine seasons for the Chiefs (started 77 of 106 games).

Here is a complete list of the last 10 Mr. Irrelevants, ranked by irrelevancy:

10. Cheta Ozougwu, DE

9. Andy Stokes, TE

8. Ahmad Miller, DT

7. Tim Toone, WR

6. Kevin McMahan, WR

5. Andre Sommersell, LB

4. Ryan Hoag, WR

3. Ramzee Robinson, CB

2. David Vobora, OLB

1. Ryan Succop, K

There is one thing for sure, Cunningham has been invited to  Irrelevant Week, a charitable event in held in Newport Beach, Calif.

It’s not Disney World, but hey, what more can Mr. Irrelevant ask for?

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