Colts have last pick of draft again

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For the second year in a row, the Colts hold the final pick in the NFL Draft. Sometime in the early evening Saturday, the Colts will select Mr. Irrelevant, the nickname given to the last man taken. The final pick is 254th overall, a compensatory pick given to the Colts for loses in free agency last year.

A year ago, the last pick was Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish, the 253rd overall pick. Harnish, out of Northeast Indiana's Norwell High School, beat the odds and made the team out of training camp. He's still on the roster entering the 2013 season.

Harnish remembers getting the call a year ago. See the reaction of family and friends when his name was announced.

"It was worst day of my life going into the seventh round," said Harnish this week during Colts offseason workouts. "Finally getting the call there at the end turned out to be the best day. I just had that goal set in my mind that I wanted to get drafted. It didn't matter what round, I just wanted to get drafted. To make family and friends happy and proud was the cherry on top."

Harnish will try to encourage the Colts next Mr. Irrelevant.

"I'm going to try to be his personal mentor," joked Harnish. "I'm just going to tell him to have fun with it. There are going to be people making jokes and what not. Don't worry about what people are saying and try to prove people wrong. I think that provides some extra motivation."

Harnish says players can't worry about whether the team will draft other players at their position.

"I wouldn't mind them bringing another quarterback in because it just spurs some competition," said Harnish. "Competition breeds success. That's their decision at the end of the day and you just have to roll with it."

Other past Mr. Irrelevant selections by the Colts:

  • offensive tackle Tom Carr (1966)
  • quarterback George Haffner (1965)
  • fullback Blair Weese (1959)

Former Baltimore Colt Paul Salata began the Mr. Irrelevant program in 1976. The Mr. Irrelevant program has been run by the Salata family for the past 36 years, raising money for charity. Irrelevant Week is held in June each year in Newport Beach, California. The week-long celebration honors the final pick in the NFL Draft. Salata caught 45 passes for 572 yards and two touchdowns for the Colts in 1950.