There are not many things in life that are irrelevant. I tried to make a list of things that were prior to writing this, and it was very difficult. Try it. You will probably find yourself with a list of things you don’t like, but they still have relevancy.
Number one on my list was mosquitoes. I could sleep just fine knowing they had been completely eradicated. I’ve got no use for them.
The last player chosen in any given NFL draft is designated Mr. Irrelevant, and the Kansas City Chiefs have one on their team. Kicker Ryan Succop was the 256th pick of the 2009 draft, 7th round, last guy chosen.
Kickers generally do go later in drafts and many are undrafted. The Chiefs under Herm Edwards had believed so much in one in 2007, they chose him in the fifth round even though they already had a pretty good one on their roster. After drafting Justin Medlock out of UCLA that year the organization decided undrafted pickup Lawrence Tynes was irrelevant and traded him to the New York Giants.
Medlock was released by Kansas City after the first game of the season. He had gone 3-fo-6 in the preseason and missed a 30-yarder against the Houston Texans in his league debut. He has since been signed to five different pro teams and has not lasted a single season with any of them. Medlock’s most recent stint was with the Chiefs’ opponent this week, the Oakland Raiders. It lasted four days.
The Giants found Tynes to be quite relevant. He had two conference championship overtime game-winning kicks in 2007 and 2011. New York went on to win the Super Bowl in both years.
Succop may have seemed irrelevant in his first four seasons in Kansas City, but it was really because the Chiefs themselves were irrelevant. They were 22-39 in those four years. This year they are 5-0, and their kicker is 10-of-12 on FGs and a perfect 14-14 on PATs for a total of 44 points. That’s 34 percent of the team’s scoring this season. The entire offensive unit combined has only scored 16 more, for an average of 3.2 more per game.
If you want to know the relevancy of a mosquito try enjoying a night outdoors when they’re everywhere. There are $350 billion spent on repellant every year. A kicker’s game winning field goal over your team can sting as well. Succop is only costing the Chiefs $2.8 million, but if he slips into the game and bites the Raiders on the behind this weekend it will be money well spent.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia or “Like” him on Facebook