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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