Did you know there’s a special week dedicated to the NFL Draft’s Mr. Irrelevant?
Well, there is, and it’s going to start on July 29 for former Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly.
With the Broncos selecting Kelly as the last overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the annual bash starts next week.
It will begin on June 29 with Kelly’s arrival at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, but things really start to get going on June 30 at the Lowsman Banquet and Roast celebrating the “successful underdogs” at the Balboa Bay Resort at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, there’s also a beach bash for Kelly at the Balboa Peninsula Bronco Beach at 10:00 a.m.
Irrelevant Week launched in 1976 by NFL alumnus Paul Salata. It’s recognized by the NFL and honors the last player picked in the draft every year. More information about the event can be found here.
Kelly still has a cast on his surgically repaired right hand, but that’s not stopping one NFL analyst, Michael Robinson, who thinks he could start this year.
“If you look at this guy Chad Kelly — I know that he was Mr. Irrelevant, if he gets a chance and he has enough ‘something about him’ — enough of that Brett Favre kind of guy. But look at some of the biggest games in Ole Miss’ history. The two games in the last two years against Alabama. This guy threw for 762 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. If he gets a chance, he will be their starter. But he has to get that chance.”
Kelly will compete for a roster spot for the Broncos ahead of the 2017 season.