College football teams are built by a simple resolution: Coaching staffs make offers to a list of players they have earmarked as who they want on their football team. Those players then make the decision of which scholarship offer to accept. In the end, it is the athlete who makes the definitive decision.
Quite the opposite with professional football with the method in which every franchise’s roster is built. Some players are traded for draft picks, other players, cash, or a combination thereof. Some sign as free agents while others are inked to a reserves/futures contract. But the majority of players are selected in the college football disbursement draft, officially called the “Player Selection Meeting”, more commonly known as the NFL draft.
The draft was the brainchild of Philadelphia Eagles owner Bert Bell who was tired of a handful of teams always getting the best college players because they had the crowds and the money to pay those guys more.
Every year the rich got richer and the poor got poorer. Bell felt that the current system was broken.
By virtue of the worst team picking first going down to the Championship club taking the final selection in each round, this allowed each NFL club to claim the “rights” to each drafted player. Next would be the process of signing those players to an exact amount of years and thus competing for a roster spot each season under that contract.
In that first draft of 1936, 81 players were selected. Over the years this one occurrence has insured that the weaker clubs were able to build with good, young talent who would eventually become more competitive which then drew exceptional crowds on game day.
Continuing our thoughts with the final part of bringing you a baker’s dozen of things that perhaps you never heard of concerning the NFL draft.
7. Never had the first overall pick
Since the merger in 1970 which combined 16 NFL teams with 10 American Football League (AFL) clubs, the league has since grown to 32 clubs. One would surmise that at some point every team would finish dead last in the standings and therefore own the first overall pick.
But that is just not the case. There are three.
The oldest franchise of the three on this list, in the AFL, the Broncos were pretty bad, but still never had the first overall selection. Since the merger, they have dodged this distinction as well.
In the AFL they did own the second overall pick once, and post-1970 have had five picks in slots 2-5, but never the top slot.
They did end up with a first-overall selection, however. In the 1983 NFL draft, the Baltimore Colts took QB John Elway with the top pick. But after not being able to sign him, his rights were traded to Denver.
An expansion team in 1976, the Seahawks have played a ton of football, but so far have managed to never finish dead last. Even in their early years when traditionally expansion clubs will tank. They came very close on numerous occasions drafting second twice and third after three different seasons, but never held the first overall pick.
Yes, they moved from Cleveland to Baltimore so at first they were a longtime existing club in a new city. Which has happened quite a bit over the history of the league. Then the uproar from the citizens of Cleveland happened, and suddenly the 50-year old Cleveland-now-Baltimore franchise was thrust into infancy with no history whatsoever.
But the highest the Ravens have selected was the fourth overall pick in both the 1996 and 1997 drafts, ironically their first years in their new digs.
8. Some teams have forfeited their pick
It is a rare occasion when an NFL team breaks a rule or two or is caught cheating. When this occurs, the league office will take away something very valuable: draft picks. In the draft order, the pick will be marked “forfeit.”
The first was in 1980. The team that invented the draft, the Eagles, held an illegal tryout and was forced to forfeit their third-round pick. Then before the draft had commenced, the Oakland Raiders had to forfeit their fourth-round selection because they had too many players signed to their roster.
Since those first infractions, a total of 26 draft picks have been forfeited.
Which club has had the most forfeitures? The New England Patriots with five. A total of five other clubs have been penalized twice which include the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Broncos, and Raiders. Seven teams have had one forfeited draft pick.
The Saints were the only franchise to have a draft pick forfeited during the pandemic as they were repeat offenders with COVID protocol violations during the 2020 season.
9. Colleges with the most draft selections - All-Time
It is said that NFL teams build through the college draft. So, which institutions have had the most players taken every round since the inception of the draft process?
#1 - Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 522. Since this list began in 1936, Notre Dame ruled the college football landscape for most of the time before the calendar flipped over to the year 2000.
#2 – USC Trojans: 519. The 1950s-1980s were all very good years for USC and subsequently built this number to new heights.
#3 – Ohio State Buckeyes: 479. The Buckeyes have been a constant as far as a national powerhouse for many decades.
#4 – Oklahoma Sooners: 409. Six Sooners have been taken with the first overall pick.
#5 – Michigan Wolverines: 392. There was a time when Michigan ruled the college game and sent a ton of players into the NFL. Now, they are back with 19 draft picks in the past two years.
10. After the draft went to today’s standard of seven rounds, which year selected the most quarterbacks?
The 1983 draft saw six quarterbacks taken in the first round with Elway in the top spot, Jim Kelly taken with the 14th pick, and Dan Marino waiting until the second to last slot at #27. It has since been referred to as “The quarterback class of 1983.” In all, 16 signalcallers were taken which is quite a lot, just not the most.
The following year, not a single quarterback was taken in Round 1.
1999 was a famous year for drafting quarterbacks when the first three picks were all QBs: Tim Couch – Cleveland Browns, Donovan McNabb – Eagles, and Akili Smith - Cincinnati Bengals. In all, 13 were taken.
Then in the following draft of 2000, pick #199 became infamous when Michigan alum Tom Brady was taken in Round 6 after six other quarterbacks were chosen ahead of him. This has since become known as the “Brady 6.”
And then there’s the draft which featured the most future Hall of Fame players that followed the selection of first-round quarterbacks. In 1994, QB Heath Shuler from Tennessee was taken third overall followed by Tampa Bay choosing Fresno State QB Trent Dilfer with the sixth overall pick. Meanwhile, four future Hall of Famers were taken shortly afterward: DT Bryant Young, WR Isaac Bruce, C Kevin Mawae, and OG Larry Allen.
But the most quarterbacks taken in a single draft?
Mark that down as the year 2004.
Even though Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning had instructed the San Diego Chargers that he would never play for them, they took him anyways with the top slot. After a trade with the New York Football Giants, they took Phillip Rivers of North Carolina State in order to package picks for Manning. Ben Roethlisberger, assumed as the fourth overall pick, then fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
at selection #11 while the Buffalo Bills took J.P. Losman with the 22nd spot to close out Round 1.
In all, 17 quarterbacks were selected. Highlights include Matt Schaub (Round 3), Luke McCown (Round 4), and Jim Sorgi (Round 6).
11. Who in the draft is labeled “Mr. Irrelevant”?
This is a humorous nickname given to the very last player selected in each year’s NFL draft. The recipient is called Mr. Irrelevant.
This is the brainchild of Paul Salata who was once a receiver with USC, Baltimore Colts and later as an All-Star in the Canadian Football League. His idea was the celebrate the last player taken in the NFL draft.
So since 1976, the last player chosen in the draft is the guest of honor at a week-long celebration in Newport Beach, California. The University of Dayton WR Kelvin Kirk became the first to be officially celebrated taken by Pittsburgh with pick #487 in Round 17. The week-long celebration includes a trip to Disneyland, a golf tournament, lots of California celebrities, and various beach parties. This is a really big event.
A friendly reminder that the final pick in the #NFLDraft is “Mr. Irrelevant,” which is one of my favorite titles. The player is honored during “Irrelevant Week” in Newport Beach and awarded the Lowsman Trophy, which mimics the Heisman but depicts a player fumbling a football. pic.twitter.com/MeUte9jVAj— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) April 25, 2020
The current Mr. Irrelevant is given a trophy called “The Lowsman Trophy” which is a farce of the Heisman Award which depicts a player fumbling the ball. Now, every year another big week of festivities is planned for the current Mr. Irrelevant.
12. Only one club has ever held four first-round picks. Which team, and did they use them all?
In the 2000 draft, the New York Jets ended up with four first-round picks. One would imagine that if the Jets hit on all four, then shortly they would contend for the division. Fittingly enough, the draft was held in front of the home crowd at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Jets had their own selection at #18 but had acquired #12 which originally was Carolina’s, then Washington, San Francisco, and finally New York’s. The Jets also had picks #13 and 27. Leading up to the final moments of the draft, there was speculation of New York trading down, and then up again, and collecting draft picks in all rounds.
With two picks back-to-back, the Jets selected University of Tennessee DE Shaun Ellis at 12 followed by DE John Abraham at 13. Needing an offensive tackle, they passed on the second and third-best at that position and instead grabbed QB Chad Pennington from Marshall University with their own pick at 18.
As the first down was winding down, every pick had the Jets mentioned as a possible trade partner for a club that wanted a second first-round player, but at pick #27 they chose TE Anthony Becht from West Virginia.
Only Abraham became a good player for New York as he went to five Pro Bowls and was twice named First Team All-Pro. Pennington did have his moments before becoming injured with shoulder and ankle issues. He was twice named NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
With those four first-round picks, the Jets had passed on RB Shaun Alexander, TE Bubba Franks, LB Keith Bullock, OT Chad Clifton, P Shane Lechler plus Brady. Their third-round pick of WR Laveranues Coles outshined any of the first-round guys.
And here it is, the free loaf. It is tasty, too.
13. The draft’s “Salata Rule”
As the Mr. Irrelevant designation became a hit among fans and was a big media event. In 1979 the final three picks were the Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, and Pittsburgh once again had the final pick of that year’s draft in what was now a 12-round event.
The Rams wanted the distinction of having selected Mr. Irrelevant, and when their pick came at #328, they passed. Dallas then chose a linebacker which put LA back on the clock, who passed again. Pittsburgh also wanted the publicity. They passed their pick. Back to the Rams who passed with the Steelers again passing. Each team refused to take the next-to-last pick.
— Irrelevant Week (@irrelevantweek) January 30, 2023
It’s only the beginning
NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle instituted a new rule he called the “Salata Rule” named after the event’s inventor. The new rule stated that the last team in the draft must be the only one taking the final pick.
LA then chose their player while Pittsburgh took WR Mike Almond. Salata passed away in 2021 at the age of 94. He was featured in the 1950 Bowman football card set on card #70. In 1990, USC honored him as their annual Spirit Award winner.
Irrelevant Week’s Twitter account is @irrelevantweek.
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“We established Irrelevant Week to drive home an important message — that it's not a negative to be picked last in the NFL Draft; rather, it's an honor to be drafted at all,” Paul Salata, creator of the award and alumnus of the NFL and Canadian Football League, explained.How many Georgia players were drafted in 2023? ›
Draft picks by school in the 2023 NFL draft
Alabama and Georgia led all schools with 10 players selected each.
2023 NFL Draft: Michael Turk signs with Miami Dolphins as undrafted free agent. Redshirt fifth year punter Michael Turk during the Walk of Champions on Sept. 10. Turk signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on Sunday.Do undrafted free agents get paid? ›
How Much Do Undrafted Rookie Free Agents Make? Most times, NFL undrafted free agents sign for the league's minimum salary of $750,000 per year.Has a Mr. Irrelevant ever won an NFL game? ›
Marty Moore, a special teams player, became the first Mr. Irrelevant to play in a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI and first Mr. Irrelevant to win a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI.Has a Mr. Irrelevant ever started in the NFL? ›
Marty Moore, Linebacker
Nevertheless, Moore was the first Mr. Irrelevant to ever play in a Super Bowl. He was on the New England Patriots' roster that lost 35-21 to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI.
No, Mr. Irrelevant has never made the Hall of Fame. Perhaps the closest one was Jacque MacKinnon. He was drafted last in the NFL Draft but played in the AFL with the Chargers.What schools had most players drafted? ›
Who had the most first-round picks? Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia led all teams with three first-round selections each. Iowa and Clemson had two picks each. In 2022, Georgia led all programs with five first-round picks.
Georgia holds the record for most NFL draft selections by a college in a single year since the NFL draft became seven rounds in 1994, setting the mark at 15 players in 2022. 2004 Miami tied 2021 Alabama for the record for most first-round picks at six. The Hurricanes finished with nine total selections.Where does Georgia football rank in recruiting 2023? ›
The four major recruiting services — On3, 247, ESPN and Rivals — have all made their final rankings updates for the 2023 cycle, giving us our best understanding to date of Georgia's recruiting class. Overall, the Bulldogs sit with the No. 2 overall recruiting class for the 2023 cycle.Who was Mr irrelevant 2023? ›
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|2||Chicago Bears CHI||10, 12, 44, 76, 107, 126, 139, 171|
|3||Green Bay Packers GB||8, 40, 56, 72, 103, 135, 167, 199|
|4||Atlanta Falcons ATL||7, 39, 71, 102, 118, 134, 166, 176|
The Panthers selected Alabama quarterback Bryce Young with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City, Missouri on Thursday night.Who is the best place kicker in the NFL Draft 2023? ›
1) Jake Moody, Michigan
It's been 20 years since Michigan had a kicker selected in the NFL Draft. But Jake Moody isn't your average Wolverine. He's a ball-striking sensation, a special-teams wonder.
Chad Ryland, Kicker, Maryland
Ryland set the all-time single-season record for the highest field goal percentage (. 826) in program history by converting 19-of-23 field goals attempts. Ryland was extremely reliable from short distances, going a perfect 9-for-9 from under 40 yards.
2023 NFL Draft position preview: Kickers, punters to watch for in late rounds of NFL Draft. Rutgers punter Adam Korsak and Missouri kicker Harrison Mevis will headline the specialists in this year's draft class.Who is the lowest paid player in the NFL? ›
While Tyrone Swoopes was the lowest paid player in the NFL in 2021, looking at the low end of league earners in 2022 isn't as transparent.What is the lowest salary in the NFL? ›
The minimum for an NFL player's salary is $750,000 in 2023, according to Spotrac, but that number changes based on experience. The minimum for a rookie is $750,000, but that increases to $870,000 for players with one year of experience and $940,000 for players with two years of experience.
The weekly salary of NFL practice squad players in the 2022 will be $11,500 – meaning that they can make $207,000 in salary if they stay on the practice squad for all 18 weeks of the regular season.Who is the most successful Mr. Irrelevant in the NFL? ›
Marty Moore (1994)
The first Mr. Irrelevant to win a Super Bowl, Moore spent eight seasons as a linebacker -- seven with the Patriots, and one with the Browns.
As for the record for most interceptions in any NFL game? That is held by Jim Hardy of the Chicago Cardinals, who threw eight picks against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1950.Who never lost a game in the NFL? ›
Teams Tom Brady has never lost to during NFL career: Cowboys, Buccaneers among final holdouts | Sporting News.How many Mr irrelevants have been successful? ›
Ever since the tag originated in 1976, only five players have played in more than 50 career NFL games. Center Matt Elliott was given the Mr. Irrelevant distinction in 1992. He played 63 games for Washington and the Carolina Panthers during his career.Has there ever been a draft without a QB in the first round? ›
In 1996, no quarterback was selected in the first round of the NFL draft. It was only the fifth time it has happened since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger and it has not happened since.How much is Mr. Irrelevant paid? ›
In fact, after his playing time has dropped in recent weeks, Crowder publicly complained about his playing time. In the third year of his rookie deal, Crowder is making $913,872 for the Giants. He will be a free agent in 2024, as well.Who is the only kicker to make the Hall of Fame? ›
Stenerud spent time in Green Bay and Minnesota before retiring in 1985. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991 and remains the only player who was primarily a kicker enshrined in Canton, Ohio. All along the way, he never forgot the first coach who gave him a shot.Who is the only person in the NFL and MLB Hall of Fame? ›
Cal Hubbard is the only man enshrined in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1963) and the Baseball Hall of Fame (1976). The 6'5” tackle starred for nine NFL seasons with the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, who were later renamed the Steelers.Has anyone won MVP and not made the Hall of Fame? ›
Those not in the Hall of Fame include three MVP winners who did not even make the ballot: Jim Konstanty, Al Rosen and Zoilo Versalles. Konstanty was a pitcher who won NL MVP in 1950 when he appeared in 74 games, all in relief, with a 2.66 ERA.
Kobe Bryant was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996. Jermaine O'Neal was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1996. Tracy McGrady was selected by the Toronto Raptors in 1997. Amar'e Stoudemire was selected by the Phoenix Suns in 2002.What was the most talented NFL Draft class? ›
1981. The 1981 draft was the epitome of a stacked class from top to bottom. While the first round had no shortage of stars, including Lawrence Taylor, Kenny Easley and Ronnie Lott, the real accomplishment of this class was the complete talent through all 12 rounds.Has a high school player ever drafted NFL? ›
Becoming a pro football player is a dream of many teenagers, but no matter how talented you are, you can't join the NFL straight out of high school. Some high school football stars are itching to go professional right after they graduate, but the NFL does not allow it, and they will have to wait a few years.What college has the most NFL players active? ›
In 2022, the most well-represented college football program in the NFL was Alabama, with 58 Crimson Tide players on NFL Week 1 team rosters.What college had the most NFL player? ›
In 2022, defending national champion Georgia produced 15 total NFL Draft selections, establishing a new all-time record and breaking the former mark held by Ohio State in 2004 and LSU in 2020, with 14 players taken those years.What college has the most NFL Hall of Famers? ›
Colleges most represented in the NFL Hall of Fame
No college has more NFL Hall of Famers than the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
Georgia's 2023 Recruiting Class
This consists of 20 commits and five 5-star recruits. The Bulldogs' crop of 5-stars includes defensive lineman Mykel Williams, edge-rusher Marvin Jones Jr., cornerbacks Jaheim Singletary and Daylen Everette, and athlete Malaki Starks.
Now, almost all of the dust has settled on the 2023 college football recruiting cycle. In particular, of the 39 players who earned 5-star designation in the 247 Sports Composite rankings, all but one have signed.How many 5-star recruits are on Georgia roster? ›
Georgia has 15 players who were five-star recruits, including All-America defensive tackle Jalen Carter, and 53 four-stars.Who is this year's mister irrelevant? ›
2023 NFL Draft: A look at this year's Mr. Irrelevant, Toledo's Desjuan Johnson, and the perks the pick gets - CBSSports.com.
So there was extra attention around this year's “Mr Irrelevant” – Desjuan Johnson, a defensive lineman out of the University of Toledo drafted by the Los Angeles Rams as the 259th and final pick. “Just be getting picked, final pick, first pick, middle pick, everything [is] unique,” Johnson said, according to ESPN.Who was picked last in the draft 2023? ›
The Los Angeles Rams selected Toledo defensive tackle Desjuan Johnson as the last pick in the 2023 NFL draft on Saturday, making him Mr. Irrelevant.What 2 NFL teams have the most #1 draft picks? ›
The Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Rams have each made the most first overall selections in history with seven. Of the first overall draft picks, 43 have been selected to a Pro Bowl and of those 43, fourteen have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Who holds the number 1 draft pick? ›
The Carolina Panthers now own the No. 1 pick after they made a big trade with the Chicago Bears. Several other teams have the opportunity to make big moves, as there have been seven trades involving first-round picks.What NFL team has the most interceptions? ›
The Green Bay Packers have the most interceptions by a team, with 1,852 interceptions.Why is there only 31 first round picks? ›
There are 31 picks in the first round of the 2023 NFL draft because the Miami Dolphins were stripped of their top selection for violations of league policies relating to the integrity of the game.Why did Miami forfeit their pick? ›
The NFL has suspended Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and fined him $1.5 million for tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton following a six-month investigation stemming from Brian Flores' racial discrimination lawsuit against the league.Who did the Lions draft 2023? ›
The Lions closed their 2023 draft by taking North Carolina wide receiver Antoine Green.Who did the OU Sooners pick in the 2023 NFL Draft? ›
Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker DeMarcus Ware announces the Denver Broncos' selection of Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. in Round 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft with the No. 63 overall pick (via a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs).Who did the Rams draft 2023? ›
With their first pick, the Rams added guard Steve Avila out of TCU. After trading back twice and collecting a couple more picks, the Rams then added edge Byron Young from Tennessee with the 77th pick in the third round. On Day 3, the Rams selected Georgia QB Stetson Bennett with the 128th pick.
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Tyrone McGriff was perhaps the most successful Mr. Irrelevant from the pre-1994 era. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the last pick of the 12th round in 1980. He made the 1980 NFL All-Rookie Team, and played two more seasons for the Steelers.Has any NFL Mr. Irrelevant ever been good? ›
The best Mr. Irrelevant ever is still probably kicker Ryan Succop. Drafted in 2009, he's been a starter in the league since his rookie season, though he's a free agent in 2023. Taken by the Kansas City Chiefs, he spent five seasons there, before joining in the Tennessee Titans in 2014 as a free agent.Who will Oklahoma Sooners softball commit to 2023? ›
NORMAN — University of Oklahoma softball and head coach Patty Gasso announced Wednesday the addition of four signees from the 2023 recruiting class. Joining the Sooners as freshmen for the 2024 season will be Maya Bland, Nelly McEnroe-Marinas, Ella Parker and Kasidi Pickering.Who gets the number one pick in the 2023 draft? ›
About the 2023 NFL Draft
It was the 88th edition and was held near Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. The Carolina Panthers selected QB Bryce Young as the first pick in the draft after trading with the Chicago Bears .
The Eagles selected Nolan Smith at No. 30 overall, the second Georgia player taken in the first round of this draft by the team -- and third in the last four years. Smith will join a defensive line with Haason Reddick, Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham, Jordan Davis, Fletcher Cox, and now teammate Jalen Carter.How many picks do the Eagles have in 2023? ›
The Philadelphia Eagles currently have seven picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. Here we'll track each of the trades / other circumstances that change the Eagles' picks. So far there have been 12 changes to their picks: The Eagles traded a 2023 sixth-round pick and CB Jameson Houston to the Jaguars for CB Josiah Scott.How many picks will the Rams have in 2023? ›
The Rams had an impressive 14 draft picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. Three of those selections — a second-rounder and two third-rounders — resided on Day 2. The rest were Day 3 picks, with only one inside the top 150. True to form, the Rams didn't have a first-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft.Who was drafted 4th? ›
Keegan Murray was chosen by the Sacramento Kings with the 4th overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft.Has anyone from Texas A&M been drafted? ›
NFL teams drafted a total of 113 Alabama players from 2009 to 2022, and 41 of them have been first-round picks. At least one Crimson Tide player has gone in the first round for the past 14 seasons. Young and Anderson were projected to go high in the first round for quite some time.