2016 Mr. Irrelevant Getting Noticed
Mr. Irrelevant is the name given to the final player taken in each years NFL Draft. It comes with some nice gifts for the winner.
It also means the person carrying the title has a slim chance of making the team’s roster. Kalen Reed won the honor when the Titans selected him with the final pick of the 2016 draft.
He signed a four year deal with the Titans but failed to make the roster and was released on Sept. 2, in the final cuts.
After spending the majority of 2016 as a member of the practice squad, Reed accepted a change of position to safety during the off season. That change is now getting him noticed.
A speedy player, Reed has been clocked at 4.38 in the 40 yard dash, making him an intriguing candidate for a safety that can cover the entire field. It is also a position in need of depth, something that was not lost on Reed when deciding to make the move.
“It’s coming along. Coach DeShae (Townsend) requires us to know all the defenses in and out and that was something I had to grow with last year learning nickel and I grew up learning that,” said Reed. “Now it’s the same thing, learning a growing at safety because the more you know, the better you can play.”
“When they came to me, he was like you need to start learning safety,” said Reed. “I think my speed is a big thing back there.”
Moving Mr. Irrelevant
A bit on the smallish side for a safety at 5’11” 192 pounds, Reed has shown early in camp that he is not afraid of contact and willing to come up and hit both running backs and receivers alike.
“He’s doing a solid job so far and he is a physical kid so we felt he was capable of playing safety,” said Townsend. He can bring us something back there with his speed and ball skills.”
As for the position Reed prefers.
“It doesn’t matter to me, I like them all but anywhere I can play and just having the opportunity is fun,” Reed said.
Mr. Irrelevant Times Two
Reed is not the only current Titans player to have held the Mr. Irrelevant title.
Kicker Ryan Succop also held the moniker following his last place selection in the 2009 draft.