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NFL Draft: Super Bowl champions Buccaneers make Grant Stuard 'Mr Irrelevant'

Tampa Bay Buccaneers recruit Grant Stuard was the last selection in this year's NFL Draft.

NFL Draft: Super Bowl champions Buccaneers make Grant Stuard 'Mr Irrelevant'

Super Bowl champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made linebacker Grant Stuard "Mr. Irrelevant" with the final pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Someone has to be the last player selected, and that is the case in the NFL Draft as well, only the final player taken in each draft has come to be celebrated in a strange way with the bizarre title, Mr. Irrelevant.

Most Mr. Irrelevant do not pan out, either failing to make the roster, or going on to short, mostly anonymous careers. But there have been exceptions. Kicker Ryan Succop – the final player chosen in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs – is still active 11 years later with the Buccaneers. Tae Crowder was bestowed with the honour in 2020 after he was selected by the New York Giants with the 255th overall pick.

Meet this year's Mr. Irrelevant, University of Houston LB Stuard – who was selected with the final pick of the seventh round (Number 259 overall) by the Buccaneers. Houston captain in 2020, Stuard led the team with 61 tackles, boasting an 8.7 tackle-per-game average last season. Stuard will be buoyed by Crowder, who enjoyed a promising rookie season with the Giants, featuring in 11 games and posting 72 tackles, while also recording a fumble return for a touchdown.