But there is one constant through the years: The last pick rarely makes a dent in his team’s record, with most Mr. Irrelevants spending the bulk of their careers in obscurity on the bench or ending up in the C.F.L. Some have had serviceable or noteworthy careers, but most remain, well, irrelevant to the team’s performance.
On Saturday, barring a trade, the Denver Broncos, with the last pick, No. 253, will generate the next Mr. Irrelevant. Unlike the No. 1 pick, which is widely anticipated and seen by millions of fans, the name of Mr. Irrelevant 2017, if pattern holds, will be heard by only a handful of fans in the theater at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the draft selections will be announced this year.
Those die-hard fans tend to rush the stage in mock jubilation just before the last pick is announced. This year, Salata’s daughter, Melanie Fitch, will do the honor. She will also unfurl a jersey with the number 253 on the back.