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Meet This Year’s Mr. Irrelevant

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected Houston linebacker Grant Stuard with its last choice, ending the three-day draft with the No. 259 overall pick. 

Stuard joins Bucs kicker Ryan Succop as players on Tampa Bay’s current roster to be deemed ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ as the final picks in their respective draft classes, per Bucs Communications.

The linebacker becomes just the third player from Houston to be drafted by the Buccaneers and the first since 1982.

Sports Illustrated reports the title “Mr. Irrelevant” was began in 1976 when former USC and Colts wide receiver Paul Salata created a series of events known as “Irrelevant Week” to celebrate the final pick, and the tradition has since continued.

Salata had the honor of announcing the final pick until 2013, and from there, his daughter continued the tradition starting in 2014 — she is seen above in the clip announcing the Bucs pick.

Stuard stepped up for the Cougars as a sophomore in 2018, leading the team with 11 special teams tackles.

He made 30 stops overall in 13 games while only starting once that season. He also stepped in at running back late in the year due to injuries at that position, Sports Illustrated reports.

He led the team with 97 tackles, 9.5 for loss, and broke up four passes in 12 games as a full-time starter in the following seasons. As a senior in 2020, Stuard tallied a team-high 61 tackles. 

Written by Meg Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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