NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- Rice University linebacker Cheta Ozougwu earned the 2011 "Mr. Irrelevant" award Saturday by being the last player taken in the NFL draft.
Ozougwu was selected by the Houston Texans with the 254th and final pick of the seven-round draft.
The pick wrapped up three days of drafting by NFL teams at Radio City Music Hall in New York, which was conducted under the shadow of a renewed lockout of players by team owners.
The title "Mr. Irrelevant" was coined by former NFL receiver Paul Salata in the 1970s when he instituted a one-week vacation trip in Newport Beach, Calif., in honor of the last player taken in the draft, during which he is treated to golf tournament, a regatta and a roast.
Saturday began with the Carolina Panthers choosing Brandon Hogan, a 5-foot-10 defensive back out of West Virginia. Nebraska running back Roy Helu was taken by the Washington Redskins a few picks later in the fifth round.