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Can “Mr. Irrelevant” become the Colts’ third tight end?

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The 2013 NFL Draft started with the Chiefs taking an offensive tackle from Central Michigan.

It ended with the Colts selecting a tight end from South Carolina.

With the No. 254 selection, the Colts took South Carolina tight end Justice Cunningham. A team captain in his senior season with the Gamecocks, Cunningham (6-3, 258) caught 23 passes for 324 yards in 2012.

While we can safely pencil No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher into the Chiefs’ starting lineup, Cunningham’s spot with the Colts is far from secure. Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener are safely ahead of him, leaving Cunningham to compete with veterans Weslye Saunders and Dominique Jones for the third spot in the pecking order.

However, Cunningham has landed in a somewhat favorable situation. For starters, the Colts didn’t draft another tight end. Also, he is the first tight end they have added since Pep Hamilton took over as offensive coordinator.

Finally, there’s the matter of money. He’ll receive a four-year contract, assuming the Colts want to bring him to training camp. And it’s but a certainty they will. He’s a draft pick now, and the Colts are going to give him a look in the spring and summer.

And yes, there’s the whole matter of Cunningham being “Mr. Irrelevant,” the title given to the final player selected in the NFL Draft. Here’s to hoping Cunningham enjoys everything that comes with the experience.

Then comes training camp. From the looks of the roster, Justice Cunningham has a shot to make the Colts. It’s an opportunity, but not a guarantee, but the promise of what could be has inched ever closer.

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9 Responses to “Can “Mr. Irrelevant” become the Colts’ third tight end?”
  1. thesteelers says: Apr 27, 2013 8:42 PM

    The whole “Mr. Irrelevant” thing needs to be dropped. The last pick in the draft is far from irrelevant. A million other people tried and failed what this person achieved to do.

  2. sammyias says: Apr 27, 2013 9:02 PM

    Coby Fleener needs to play up to his height. He plays like a 5′-11″ TE.

    Well, he does.

  3. thebigtim2012 says: Apr 27, 2013 9:23 PM

    I fully enjoyed watching justice play these past few years at USC and he def has a good shot at having a productive career. He’s no gronkowski but he should do just fine

  4. rcunningham says: Apr 27, 2013 9:23 PM

    thesteelers says:
    Apr 27, 2013 8:42 PM
    The whole “Mr. Irrelevant” thing needs to be dropped. The last pick in the draft is far from irrelevant. A million other people tried and failed what this person achieved to do.

    It’s a joke, lighten up.

  5. itssocoldinthed says: Apr 27, 2013 9:27 PM

    @thesteelers

    it’s supposed to be tongue in cheek

  6. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 27, 2013 9:54 PM

    he wont beat out D.Jones

  7. gbatap says: Apr 28, 2013 1:07 AM

    Good blocker, tough as nails, elite hands. He can make the roster. Good player.

  8. adoombray says: Apr 28, 2013 1:25 AM

    The only thing still funny about the “Mr. Irrelevent” joke is the irony that every news media outlet is obligated to report it, thus, he is way less “Irrelevent” than the second to last pick.

    The joke is about as “irrelevent” as wonderlic scores and that stupid trade value chart Jimmy Johnson developed 20 years ago that inexplicably gets held up as some kind of internal league rule or something

  9. peytonneckk18 says: Apr 28, 2013 8:30 PM

    Colts were on a emotion high last year that took them farther than they had talent. Along with Mr. Irrelevant so will they also be irrelevant.

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