Tampa Bay Buccaneers make linebacker Grant Stuard draft’s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’

Jan 28, 2021; American linebacker Grant Stuard of Houston (0) signals during American practice at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, USA; Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Houston linebacker Grant Stuard with the 259th and final pick of the 201 NFL Draft, making him this year’s “Mr. Irrelevant” honoree.

Stuard (5-11, 230 pounds) played safety for Houston until moving to linebacker as a senior in 2020. His most productive college season was 2019, when he recorded 97 total tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss, and four passes defended. In seven games in 2020 he added 61 tackles (five for loss) and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

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Across 33 games in four seasons with the Cougars, Stuard made 191 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. He was named first-team All-AAC in 2020 and second-team All-AAC in 2019.

Some former Mr. Irrelevant selections active in the league include wide receiver Trey Quinn (selected by Washington, now with the Raiders) and kicker Ryan Succop. Originally drafted with the final pick in 2009 by the Kansas City Chiefs, Succop has played 12 NFL seasons — including 2020 with the Buccaneers, for whom he made a field goal and four extra points in February’s Super Bowl LV victory over his former team.

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–Field Level Media