Lions Awarded Final Spot in 2010 NFL Draft

Posted by Tara Altman on March 23, 2010 – 3:23 pm

On Monday, March 21, the Lions were awarded the final pick (255th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft when the league determined compensatory draft choices.

The final pick of the draft is also known as “Mr. Irrelevant” and each year the selection takes on somewhat a life of its own. For being Mr. Irrelevant, the player is invited to take part in Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach, California.

Here is a brief description of Irrelevant Week and the annual celebration of the player selected at that position (for more information, visit: irrelevantweek.com).

Irrelevant Week is a week-long celebration of the Underdog, the final pick of the NFL draft, held in Orange County. Events include a golf tournament, a regatta and a sports banquet, and are open to the public. The idea for this celebration was formulated in 1976 by Irrelevant Week’s founder and chief spokesperson, Paul Salata.

Salata, a former USC football standout and fan of the underdog, started the Irrelevant madness in 1976 when U. of Dayton wide receiver Kelvin Kirk was selected 487th and dead last by the Pittburgh Steelers. Capped by the presentation of the Lowsman Trophy, many sports celebrities join in the fun of roasting and toasting the final NFL draft pick before he ventures to NFL Rookie Orientation Camp.

In 2007, the Lions also held the final slot of the draft and selected CB Ramzee Robinson out of Alabama. In the past 34 years, 2007 was the only time the Lions have held the final pick of the NFL Draft.

Since this is a compensatory selection, the pick cannot be traded.


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7 Responses to “Lions Awarded Final Spot in 2010 NFL Draft”

  1. By Lance Manly on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    Mr. Irrelavent.

    This is good; based on last year’s free agency losses and their current year performance.

    I guess that is why the Lion’s got nothing for losing Roy Williams… that plus we picked up Foote, Peterson, and Jackson.

    Our last pick; second from last in ’09, is a Tackle currently on the Miami Dolphins roster; so I know Schwartz will take this pick seriously and get a good player.

    On a side note; Matt Stafford’s HOF performance; jersey in the HOF for his 4 NFL records vs the Browns, is NOW also and EMMY nominated performance.

    NFL Films featuring Mathew is nominated for an Emmy.

    HOF and now Emmy Nominated…

    http://www.freep.com/article/20100323/BLOG21/100323008/1049/SPORTS01/Mangini-jokes-he-should-share-Emmy-for-Stafford-drama

  2. By Dujuan Woods on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    We need to install pride in the lions we the fans are tired of supporting a losing team we are evolving on the offensive end but we need defense that is what we should draft for plus a leader to change the mind sets of the lions

  3. By James on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    8-0 at Ford Field this season. GO DEFENSE!!!

  4. By Rob Boothe on Apr 25, 2010 | Reply

    Mr. Irrelavent should have been Frank Zombo out of CMU!!! The lions missed out on this kid,but the packers did not.They signed him and our going to make him into a olb.gee do we need one of those? Way to go guys.By the way thanks for taking a running back in first round with head issues when you could have taken a OL men to protect our QB and help the running game.Am i the only one out there that believes that you need a line to throw the ball as well as run the ball? 3-13 next year.

  5. By Jordan on Feb 11, 2011 | Reply

    try 6-10

  6. By Troost63 on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    Frank Zombo was a miss for the Lions, being a student at Central I got to see his senior year with the Chippewas. But this year there are many linebackers able to be drafted, I’m looking forward to possibly seeing another graduated Chippewa Nick Bellore. If we are able to draft him in the later rounds, I believe he will be a good Middle Backer for our 4-3 defense.

    Go Lions!

  7. By jojo on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    How about this scenario happening, if DE Da’Quan Bowers falls to no. 13 pick him up or trade with the patriots for two first rounders if possible and in the second round CB Jimmy Smith could be available. or if CB Prince Amukamara is available pick him up and take a RB Mikel Lashore second round if no OTs worth selecting in the second round.

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