Cards’ comp pick means Mr. Irrelevant

Posted by Darren Urban on March 23, 2015 – 6:21 pm

The Cardinals were awarded one compensatory pick in April’s draft — an extra seventh-round pick that just happens to be the final selection of the draft. That’s right, the Cards will get 2015’s Mr. Irrelevant. (And they will too, because comp picks cannot be traded.) It means the Cardinals will have eight draft picks instead of just seven, although trades could change that number.

Officially, in the comp pick equation, the Cardinals added Jared Veldheer, Ted Ginn and Ted Larsen in 2014, and lost Antoine Cason, Jim Dray, Andre Roberts and Karlos Dansby.

The last time the Cardinals got Mr. Irrelevant? That was 2001, when they took BYU tight end Tevita Ofahengaue. That was memorable for me because on the conference call, we asked him how to pronounce his name. “Oh-fen-hen-NOW-way,” he said. Then there was a pause. “Simple,” he added. “Like John Smith.”

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30 Responses to “Cards’ comp pick means Mr. Irrelevant”

  1. By CreditCard on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    Mr. Irrelevant is one pick more relevant than the undrafted crowd.

  2. By Big Ken on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    No extra pick in the 5th round? Oh well we’ll take it. How long has it been since we even received one comp pick?

  3. By Andy Kw on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    Josh Shipley from UNLV

  4. By georgiebird on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    If there is any GM who can work with this pick, it might be SK. He seems to have a lot of success late in the draft. SK does his homework on guys who fly under the radar- irrelevant type guys.

  5. By georgiebird on Mar 23, 2015 | Reply

    Unfortunate that other teams in the West did better with the compensatory picks than the Cards.. But, supposedly, they also got hurt the most with the loss of players.

  6. By Andy Kw on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Any news on Sam Acho on his possible return? Has he had any visits with other teams?

  7. By Darren Urban on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Acho

    I have not heard of any visits. I think his return to Arizona will be predicated on what other linebackers they can draft/sign.

  8. By azdesertrat1953 on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    I’ll say this, knowing what we know about how Steve Keim works, he will end up with one of the Best 7th round picks of the draft and that pick plays in a 2015 regular season game.
    That’s a good bet with the GM and HC the Cards have now.

    There is no “Mr. Irrelevant” in our Draft anymore, every pick is “Relevant.”

    Kind of a Nice change, isn’t it?

    GO CARDS!!!

  9. By clssylssy on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    I wouldn’t say the Seahawks got hurt too bad by their loss of players however, the value of the players lost is significant when figuring comp pics. SF has had double digit picks the last few years, lost significant players and probably have rollover picks from last year. The key here is while the Cards have lost players, some have been considered of lesser value because of age, production, injuries, etc., which is what you can expect when you sign “bargain” players. You use them up and then throw them away like a bic lighter!

  10. By Andy Kw on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    On one of the articles posted on Nathan Slaughter, it said the “Calvin Johnson catch rule”. Don’t you mean the Dez Bryant catch rule?

  11. By Darren Urban on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Catch rule

    No. I was right.

  12. By Andy Kw on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    I see. That makes more sense. Thanks Darren.
    As for Sam Acho, I hope he returns. His ability is pass coverage gives our OLB core dimensions

  13. By Andy Kw on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    The NFL draft is a little over a month away. Ahh, exciting

  14. By scott b. on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    here is the link to NFL page with all the teams extra picks.
    NFC West picks awarded by League-
    Sea 4 picks, Round 4, Round 5 and two in Round 6
    San Fran – 2 picks, Round 4 and Round 7
    St Louis – 1 pick, Round 6
    Arizona – 1 pick, Round 7 pick 39 – 256

  15. By Chuck 1 on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    Here is an extract from the article on
    Peterson’s camp believes he deserves “face of the franchise” guaranteed money, along the lines of a premier quarterback, per Rapoport.

    IMHO, that is too much for the Cards to pay.

  16. By Chuck 1 on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply


    Every pick is relevant EXCEPT for Ryan Swope.

  17. By brinnc on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    Can somebody please explain to me how the hell the two teams that played in the Superbowl get 4 comp picks, and we lose Dansby and all we get is the last pick in the draft as compensation? Im truly perplexed!!
    Hey on the bright side we can offer that pick to the Vikings for AP!! LOL!

  18. By brinnc on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    Thanks Darren for bursting my balloon, after re-reading your article I see we cant even trade comp picks!! There goes my proposal to the Vikings, last pick in the draft for AP!!! LOL!

  19. By Hammer on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    Darren, First of all, thanks for the great job that you do of keeping us all informed. Have you heard of any other free agent visits currently that have happened or who they might have come in?

  20. By Darren Urban on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    Hammer —

    RE: FA visits

    Nothing I’ve heard. Any immediate signings probably roster-filler.

  21. By D on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    I can see Mr. Keim being happy with who he has signed this free agency period, but his comment about if he doesn’t add anymore players until the draft he would be fine, he must really believe he will hit on a pass rusher, RB and depth along ILB and CB spots in the draft. That’s a lot of pressure for this draft considering he has lost a very good coach in Bowles, a very good player in CRO and solid players in D. Williams, T. Kelly, Foote and Acho. You can’t believe the defense will be better than last year drafting at 24 with those losses in players and a coach. Maybe this upcoming year they plan on outscoring teams rather than playing top 10 defense. I hope they are a improved and better team…

  22. By sbrown on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    brinnc – look up about 4 posts, I had a link to the NFL page that lists all the teams FA that left vs FA they signed.
    It also has all the awarded Comp picks for all teams.

  23. By carlo milano on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    darren could u know or ask if some mr irrelevant had success in the past of NFL?
    could be like cinderella tail

  24. By Darren Urban on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    Carlo —

    RE: Mr. Irrelevant

    I’m sure it’s a story we will do near the draft.

  25. By Big Ken on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    Mr. Irrelevant makes it sound hopeless or doomed to fail. I’m sure Keim will tab someone late who might of gone to another team as UDFA. This isn’t a throw away.

  26. By Andy Kw on Mar 24, 2015 | Reply

    I say we trade down with the New Orleans Saints: Let’s trade our 1st RD Pick for the New Orleans Saints for their 1st(31), 3rd(11th) , & 5th (18) selections.
    -This is a long shot: Trade ILB Kevin Minter and our 7th RD pick to MIN for their 4th Rd Pick (11).

    1) RB Todd Gurley, Georgia
    2) DE/OLB Owa Odighizuwa, UCLA
    3) CB Byron Jones, Connecticut
    3) C Reese Dismukes, Auburn
    4) WR Tyler Lockett, Kansas St.
    4) CB Senquez Golson, Ole Miss
    5) ILB Jake Ryan, Michigan
    5) TE Gabe Holmes, Purdue
    6) DT/NT Terry Williams, East Carolina
    7) QB Taylor Kelly, Arizona State

  27. By red2616 on Mar 25, 2015 | Reply

    If the Cards had lost Fitzy, Ellington, Peterson, Dockett, Campbell, Cromartie, Washington, Palmer they still would have received one pick. Seattle would have lost the water Boy and been awarded 3 picks. Funny how that works.

  28. By red2616 on Mar 25, 2015 | Reply

    Cards could have lost Dockett, Palmer, Peterson, Campbell, Washington, Fitzy, and still received the last pick in the draft. I am shocked they got one. The Seahawks could lose their water boy and been awarded 6 picks. Funny how that works. Seahawks being so new have no clue they are the teachers pet.

  29. By red2616 on Mar 25, 2015 | Reply

    Andy Kw, I like but a few I’d change. I don;t think Gurley is the best RB, We don’t need Center. Lockett we can do better. Don;t need a TE now and ASU’s QB is an emotional pick. Can do better. Probably won’t take a QB thus year. Drop the TE pick or the QB and grab a Right Tackle. Cooper won;t last even on the right side.

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