Have the Green Bay Packers ever picked Mr. Irrelevant?

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Before Brock Purdy led the San Francisco 49ers on a playoff run last season, many fans may not have been familiar with Mr. Irrelevant. But what is Mr. Irrelevant, and what's the Green Bay Packers' history with the pick?

Purdy made the Mr. Irrelevant name cool in 2022. Following multiple quarterback injuries, the 49ers had no choice but to start their seventh-round rookie.

But Purdy stepped in admirably, throwing for 1,374 yards, 13 touchdowns, and four interceptions, leading the Niners to five straight wins and into the postseason.

What is Mr. Irrelevant in the NFL Draft?

The "Mr. Irrelevant" tag belongs to the final pick in the NFL Draft. It may seem insulting for a draft pick to be celebrated as being irrelevant, but Purdy showed last season that he was anything but.

The name was created in 1976 by former NFL wide receiver Paul Salata. He started "Irrelevant Week", which celebrated the final selection in the draft. The term "Mr. Irrelevant" has stuck ever since, going to the final pick of the draft each year.

Packers history with Mr. Irrelevant

Since the creation of Mr. Irrelevant in 1976, the Packers have held the draft's final selection only twice.

In 1987, the Packers selected LSU defensive back Norman Jefferson. This came at a time when there were more rounds in the draft. Jefferson was a 12th-round pick, selected 335th overall.

Jefferson spent two seasons in the NFL, both with the Packers, featuring in 14 games. He spent some time as a returner, averaging 24.3 yards on kick returns.

Green Bay's other Mr. Irrelevant was selected 10 years later. Quarterback Ronnie McAda was a seventh-round choice in 1997, chosen 240th overall. McAda was with the Packers from 1997-99 and the Denver Broncos in 2001. He didn't feature in a regular season game.

Full history of Mr. Irrelevant

Here is the full history of Mr. Irrelevant since the name was created in 1976:

  • 1976: Kelvin Kirk, WR, Steelers
  • 1977: Jim Kelleher, RB, Vikings
  • 1978: Lee Washburn, G, Cowboys
  • 1979: Mike Almond, WR, Steelers
  • 1980: Tyrone McGriff, G, Steelers
  • 1981: Phil Nelson, TE, Raiders
  • 1982: Tim Washington, DB, 49ers
  • 1983: John Tuggle, RB, Giants
  • 1984: Randy Essington, QB, Raiders
  • 1985: Donald Chumley, DT, 49ers
  • 1986: Mike Travis, DB, Chargers
  • 1987: Norman Jefferson, DB, Packers
  • 1988: Jeff Beathard, WR, Rams
  • 1989: Everett Ross, WR, Vikings
  • 1990: Demetrius Davis, TE, Raiders
  • 1991: Larry Wanke, QB, Giants
  • 1992: Matt Elliott, C, Redskins
  • 1993: Daron Alcorn, K, Buccaneers
  • 1994: Marty Moore, LB, Patriots
  • 1995: Michael Reed, DB, Panthers
  • 1996: Sam Manuel, LB, 49ers
  • 1997: Ronnie McAda, QB, Packers
  • 1998: Cam Quayle, TE, Ravens
  • 1999: Jim Finn, RB, Bears
  • 2000: Michael Green, DB, Bears
  • 2001: Tevita Ofahengaue, TE, Cardinals
  • 2002: Ahmad Miller, DT, Texans
  • 2003: Ryan Hoag, WR, Raiders
  • 2004: Andre Sommersell, LB, Raiders
  • 2005: Andy Stokes, TE, Patriots
  • 2006: Kevin McMahan, WR, Raiders
  • 2007: Ramzee Robinson, CB, Lions
  • 2008: David Vobora, OLB, Rams
  • 2009: Ryan Succop, K, Chiefs
  • 2010: Tim Toone, WR, Lions
  • 2011: Cheta Ozougwu, DE, Texans
  • 2012: Chandler Harnish, QB, Colts
  • 2013: Justice Cunningham, TE, Colts
  • 2014: Lonnie Ballentine, S, Texans
  • 2015: Gerald Christian, TE, Cardinals
  • 2016: Kalan Reed, CB, Titans
  • 2017: Chad Kelly, QB, Broncos
  • 2018: Trey Quinn, WR, Redskins
  • 2019: Caleb Wilson, TE, Cardinals
  • 2020: Tae Crowder, LB, Giants
  • 2021: Grant Stuard, LB, Buccaneers
  • 2022: Brock Purdy, QB, 49ers

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