NFL Draft's 'Mr. Irrelevant' Grant Stuard feels 'appreciated' by Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans cheer during the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday in Cleveland. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI
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May 3 (UPI) -- Grant Stuard was skipped over by 32 teams 258 times in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected the former Houston linebacker with the final pick, but the latest "Mr. Irrelevant" still feels "appreciated."

Stuard embraced the nickname, given to the final pick of each year's draft, by using it in hashtags Sunday on Twitter. He joined the Buccaneers at the end of the seventh round Saturday.


"I watched every pick," Stuard told reporters Saturday during a Zoom video conference. "I had so many friends I felt like would go early. Toward the end of the draft, I was working on free agency deals, saying I guess I'll go there. There were a lot of people in my ear.

"I was just finishing the draft hoping one of my friends would go. Hearing Tampa call me was just crazy. That is the best team. I was like I'm ready to go. ... It shows me what the organization values. I feel like I'll be appreciated there."


Stuard totaled 61 tackles, five tackles for a loss, a sack, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in seven games last season for the Cougars. The Senior Bowl participant earned All-American Athletic Conference first-team honors in 2020.

Buccaneers kicker Ryan Succop was the last pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Succop became the first "Mr. Irrelevant" to win a Super Bowl when the Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7 in Tampa, Fla.

Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht compared Stuard to former New England Patriots special teams star Larry Izzo, but said the rookie linebacker has a chance to make an impact outside of special teams.

"Not to say that we don't think Grant has a chance to play linebacker -- he's going to be [an inside linebacker] for us on the field -- but we think he's got a chance to excel as a special-teams ace," Licht told reporters Saturday.

The Buccaneers selected two linebackers, an edge rusher, an offensive lineman, a quarterback, a wide receiver and a cornerback in the 2021 NFL Draft. They started the draft with the selection of former Washington edge rusher Joe Tyron at No. 32 overall. They added former Florida quarterback Kyle Trask in the second round.


NFL Draft results

First round

1. Jacksonville Jaguars - QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

2. New York Jets - QB Zach Wilson, BYU

3. San Francisco 49ers - QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State

4. Atlanta Falcons - TE Kyle Pitts, Florida

5. Cincinnati Bengals - WR Ja'Marr Chase, LSU

6. Miami Dolphins - WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

7. Detroit Lions - OT Penei Sewell, Oregon

8. Carolina Panthers - CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina

9. Denver Broncos - CB Patrick Surtain Jr., Alabama

10. Philadelphia Eagles - WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama

11. Chicago Bears - QB Justin Fields, Ohio State

12. Dallas Cowboys - LB Micah Parsons, Penn State

13. Los Angeles Chargers - OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern

14. New York Jets - OG Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC

15. New England Patriots - QB Mac Jones, Alabama

16. Arizona Cardinals - LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa


17. Las Vegas Raiders - OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama

18. Miami Dolphins - DE Jaelan Phillips, Miami

19. Washington Football Team - LB Jamin Davis, Kentucky

20. New York Giants - WR Kadarius Toney, Florida

21. Indianapolis Colts - EDGE Kwity Paye, Michigan

22. Tennessee Titans - CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech

23. Minnesota Vikings - OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech

24. Pittsburgh Steelers - RB Najee Harris, Alabama

25. Jacksonville Jaguars - RB Travis Etienne, Clemson

26. Cleveland Browns - CB Greg Newsome Jr., Northwestern

27. Baltimore Ravens - WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota

28. New Orleans Saints - DE Payton Turner, Houston

29. Green Bay Packers - CB Eric Stokes, Georgia

30. Buffalo Bills - EDGE Greg Rousseau, Miami

31. Baltimore Ravens - EDGE Jayson Oweh, Penn State

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - EDGE Joe Tryon, Washington


Second round

33. Jacksonville Jaguars - CB Tyson Campbell, Georgia

34. New York Jets - WR Elijah Moore, Ole Miss

35. Denver Broncos - RB Javonte Williams, North Carolina

36. Miami Dolphins - S Jevon Holland, Oregon

37. Philadelphia Eagles - C Landon Dickerson, Alabama

38. New England Patriots - DT Christian Barmore, Alabama

39. Chicago Bears - OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State

40. Atlanta Falcons - S Richie Grant, UCF

41. Detroit Lions - DT Levi Onwuzurike, Washington

42. Miami Dolphins - OT Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame

43. Las Vegas Raiders - S Trevon Moehrig, TCU

44. Dallas Cowboys - CB Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky

45. Jacksonville Jaguars - OT Walker Little, Stanford

46. Cincinnati Bengals - OT Jackson Carman, Clemson

47. Los Angeles Chargers - CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State

48. San Francisco 49ers - OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame

49. Arizona Cardinals - WR Rondale Moore, Purdue

50. New York Giants - OLB Azeez Ojulari, Georgia


51. Washington Football Team - OT Samuel Cosmi, Texas

52. Cleveland Browns - LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame

53. Tennessee Titans - OT Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State

54. Indianapolis Colts - DE Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt

55. Pittsburgh Steelers - TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn State

56. Seattle Seahawks - WR D'Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan

57. Los Angeles Rams - WR Tutu Atwell, Louisville

58. Kansas City Chiefs - LB Nick Bolton, Missouri

59. Carolina Panthers - WR Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU

60. New Orleans Saints - LB Pete Werner, Ohio State

61. Buffalo Bills - DE Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest

62. Green Bay Packers - C Josh Meyers, Ohio State

63. Kansas City Chiefs - C Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma

64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - QB Kyle Trask, Florida

Third round

65. Jacksonville Jaguars - S Andre Cisco, Syracuse

66. Minnesota Vikings - QB Kellen Mond, Texas A&M

67. Houston Texans - QB Davis Mills, Stanford


68. Atlanta Falcons - OL Jalen Mayfield, Michigan

69. Cincinnati Bengals - DE Joseph Ossai, Texas

70. Carolina Panthers - OT Brady Christensen, BYU

71. New York Giants - CB Aaron Robinson, UCF

72. Detroit Lions - DT Alim McNeill, North Carolina State

73. Philadelphia Eagles - DT Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech

74. Washington Football Team - CB Benjamin St-Juste, Minnesota

75. Dallas Cowboys - DT Osa Odighizuwa, UCLA

76. New Orleans Saints - CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford

77. Los Angeles Chargers - WR Josh Palmer, Tennessee

78. Minnesota Vikings - LB Chazz Surratt, North Carolina

79. Las Vegas Raiders - LB Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo

80. Las Vegas Raiders - S Divine Deablo, Virginia Tech

81. Miami Dolphins - TE Hunter Long, Boston College

82. Washington Football Team - WR Dyami Brown, North Carolina

83. Carolina Panthers - TE Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame

84. Dallas Cowboys - DE Chauncey Golston, Iowa

85. Green Bay Packers - WR Amari Rodgers, Clemson

86. Minnesota Vikings - OG Wyatt Davis, Ohio State

87. Pittsburgh Steelers - C Kendrick Green, Illinois

88. San Francisco 49ers - RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State

89. Houston Texans - WR Nico Collins, Michigan

90. Minnesota Vikings - DE Patrick Jones II, Pittsburgh


91. Cleveland Browns - WR Anthony Schwartz, Auburn

92. Tennessee Titans - LB Monty Rice, Georgia

93. Buffalo Bills - OT Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa

94. Baltimore Ravens - OG Ben Cleveland, Georgia

95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - OT Robert Hainsey, Notre Dame

96. New England Patriots - DE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma

97. Los Angeles Chargers - TE Tre' McKitty, Georgia

98. Denver Broncos - OG Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater

99. Dallas Cowboys - CB Nahshon Wright, Oregon State

100. Tennessee Titans - CB Elijah Molden, Washington

101. Detroit Lions - CB Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse

102. San Francisco 49ers - CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan

103. Los Angeles Rams - LB Ernest Jones, South Carolina

104. Baltimore Ravens - CB Brandon Stephens, SMU

105. Denver Broncos - LB Baron Browning, Ohio State

Fourth round

106. Jacksonville Jaguars - DT Jay Tufele, USC

107. New York Jets - RB Michael Carter, North Carolina

108. Atlanta Falcons - CB Darren Hall, San Diego State

109. Tennessee Titans - WR Dez Fitzpatrick, Louisville

110. Cleveland Browns - OT James Hudson, Cincinnati

111. Cincinnati Bengals - EDGE Cameron Sample, Tulane

112. Detroit Lions - WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC

113. Detroit Lions - LB Derrick Barnes, Purdue


114. Atlanta Falcons - C Drew Dalman, Stanford

115. Dallas Cowboys - LB Jabril Cox, LSU

116. New York Giants - EDGE Elerson G. Smith, Northern Iowa

117. Los Angeles Rams - DT Bobby Brown III, Texas A&M

118. Los Angeles Chargers - EDGE Chris Rumph II

119. Minnesota Vikings - RB Kene Nwangwu, Iowa State

120. New England Patriots - RB Rhamondre Stevenson, Oklahoma

121. Jacksonville Jaguars - EDGE Jordan Smith, Alabama-Birmingham

122. Cincinnati Bengals - DT Tyler Shelvin, LSU

123. Philadelphia Eagles - CB Zech McPhearson, Texas Tech

124. Washington Football Team - TE John Bates, Boise State

125. Minnesota Vikings - CB Camryn Bynum, California

126. Carolina Panthers - RB Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State

127. Indianapolis Colts - TE Kylen Granson, Southern Methodist

128. Pittsburgh Steelers - OT Dan Moore Jr., Texas A&M

129. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - WR Jaelon Darden, North Texas

130. Los Angeles Rams - CB Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas

131. Baltimore Ravens - WR Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State

132. Cleveland Bronws - DT Tommy Togiai, Ohio State

133. New Orleans Saints - QB Ian Book, Notre Dame

134. Minnesota Vikings - EDGE Janarius Robinson, Florida State


135. Tennessee Titans - DE Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh

136. Arizona Cardinals - CB Marco Wilson, Florida

137. Seattle Seahawks - CB Tre Brown, Oklahoma

138. Dallas Cowboys - OT Josh Ball, Marshall

139. Cincinnati Bengals - OT D'Ante Smith, East Carolina

140. Pittsburgh Steelers - LB Buddy Johnson, Texas A&M

141. Los Angeles Rams - WR Jacob Harris, UCF

142. Green Bay Packers - G Royce Newman, Mississippi

143. Las Vegas Raiders - SAF Tyree Gillespie, Missouri

144. Kansas City Chiefs - DE Joshua Kaindoh, Florida State

Fifth round

145. Jacksonville Jaguars - TE Luke Farrell, Ohio State

146. New York Jets - SAF Jamien Sherwood, Auburn

147. Houston Texans - TE Brevin Jordan, Miami

148. Atlanta Falcons - DT Ta'Quon Graham, Texas

149. Cincinnati Bengals - K Evan McPhearson, Florida

150. Philadelphia Eagles - RB Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis

151. Chicago Bears - G Larry Borom, Missouri

152. Denver Broncos - SAF Caden Sterns, Texas

153. Cleveland Browns - LB Tony Fields Jr., West Virginia

154. New York Jets - CB Michael Carter Jr., Duke

155. San Francisco 49ers - OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan

156. Pittsburgh Steelers - DE Isaiahh Loudermilk, Wisconsin

157. Minnesota Vikings - WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette


158. Carolina Panthers - DT Daviyon Nixon, Iowa

159. Los Angeles Chargers - OT Brenden James, Nebraska

160. Baltimore Ravens - CB Shaun Wade, Ohio State

161. Buffalo Bills - OT Tommy Doyle, Miami University

162. Kansas City Chiefs - TE Noah Gray, Duke

163. Washington Football Team - SAF Darrick Forrest, Cincinnati

164. Denver Broncos - SAF Jamar Johnson, Indiana

165. Indianapolis Colts - SAF Shawn Davis, Florida

166. Carolina Panthers - CB Keith Taylor, Washington

167. Las Vegas Raiders - CB Nate Hobbs, Illinois

168. Minnesota Vikings - TE Zach Davidson, Central Missouri

169. Cleveland Browns - SAF Richard LeCounte III, Georgia

170. Houston Texans - LB Garret Wallow, TCU

171. Baltimore Ravens - EDGE Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame

172. San Francisco 49ers - CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon

173. Green Bay Packers - DT Tedarrell Slaton, Florida

174. Los Angeles Rams - DE Earnest Brown IV, Northwestern

175. New York Jets - CB Jason Pinnock, Pittsburgh

176. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - LB K.J. Britt, Auburn

177. New England Patriots - LB Cameron McGrone, Michigan

178. Green Bay Packers - CB Shemar Jean-Charles, Appalachian State

179. Dallas Cowboys - WR Simi Fehoko, Stanford

180. San Francisco 49ers - SAF Talanoa Hufanga, USC


181. Kansas City Chiefs - WR Cornell Powell, Clemson

182. Atlanta Falcons - DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Notre Dame

183. Atlanta Falcons - CB Avery Williams, Boise State

184. Baltimore Ravens - FB Ben Mason, Michigan

Sixth round

185. Los Angeles Chargers - LB Nick Niemann, Iowa

186. New York Jets - SAF Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State

187. Atlanta Falcons - WR Frank Darby, Arizona State

188. New England Patriots - SAF Joshuah Bledsoe, Missouri

189. Philadelphia Eagles - DT Marlon Tuipulotu, USC

190. Cincinnati Bengals - C Trey Hill, Georgia

191. Philadelphia Eagles - DE Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina

192. Dallas Cowboys - DT Quinton Bohanna, Kentucky

193. Carolina Panthers - G Deonte Brown, Alabama

194. San Francisco 49ers - RB Eli Mitchell, Louisiana-Lafayette

195. Houston Texans - DT Roy Lopez, Arizona

196. New York Giants - RB Gary Brightwell, Arizona

197. New England Patriots - OT Will Sherman, Colorado

198. Los Angeles Chargers - RB Larry Roundtree III, Missouri

199. Minnesota Vikings - DT Jaylen Twyman, Pittsburgh

200. New York Jets - CB Brandin Echols, Kentucky

201. New York Giants - CB Rodarius Williams, Oklahoma State

202. Cincinnati Bengals - RB Chris Evans, Michigan

203. Buffalo Bills - WR Marquez Stevenson, Houston


204. Carolina Panthers - WR Shi Smith, South Carolina

205. Tennessee Titans - WR Racey McMath, LSU

206. New Orleans Saints - OT Landon Young, Kentucky

207. New York Jets - DT Jonathan Marshall, Arkansas

208. Seattle Seahawks - OT Stone Forsythe, Florida

209. Jacksonville Jaguars - WR Jalen Camp, Georgia Tech

210. Arizona Cardinals - EDGE Victor Dimukeje, Duke

211. Cleveland Browns - WR Demetric Felton, UCLA

212. Buffalo Bills - SAF Damar Hamlin, Pittsburgh

213. Buffalo Bills - CB Rachad Wildgoose, Wisconsin

214. Green Bay Packers - G Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin

215. Tennessee Titans - SAF Brady Breeze, Oregon

216. Pittsburgh Steelers - EDGE Quincy Roche, Miami

217. Chicago Bears - RB Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech

218. Indianapolis Colts - QB Sam Ehlinger, Texas

219. Denver Broncos - WR Seth Williams, Auburn

220. Green Bay Packers - LB Isaiah McDuffie, Boston College

221. Chicago Bears - WR Dazz Newsome, North Carolina

222. Carolina Panthers - LS Thomas Fletcher, Alabama

223. Arizona Cardinals - CB Tay Gowan, UCF

224. Philadelphia Eagles - SAF JaCoby Stevens, LSU

225. Washington Football Team - LS Camaron Cheeseman, Michigan

226. Kansas City Chiefs - G Trey Smith, Tennessee

227. Dallas Cowboys - CB Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina


228. Chicago Bears - CB Thomas Graham Jr., Oregon

Seventh round

229. Indianapolis Colts - WR Mike Strachan, Charleston

230. Las Vegas Raiders - C Jimmy Morrissey, Pittsburgh

231. Miami Dolphins - OT Larnel Coleman, Massachusetts

232. Carolina Panthers - DT Phil Hoskins, Kentucky

233. Los Angeles Rams - RB Jake Funk, Maryland

234. Philadelphia Eagles - EDGE Patrick Johnson, Tulane

235. Cincinnati Bengals - DE Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State

236. Buffalo Bills - G Jack Anderson, Texas Tech

237. Denver Broncos - CB Kary Vincent Jr., LSU

238. Dallas Cowboys - G Matt Farniok, Nebraska

239. Denver Broncos - DE Jonathon Cooper, Ohio State

240. Washington Football Team - DE Will Bradley-King, Baylor

241. Los Angeles Chargers - SAF Mark Webb, Georgia

242. New England Patriots - WR Tre Nixon, UCF

243. Arizona Cardinals - SAF James Wiggins, Cincinnati

244. Miami Dolphins - RB Gerrid Doaks, Cincinnati

245. Pittsburgh Steelers - CB Tre Norwood, Oklahoma

246. Washington Football Team - EDGE Shaka Toney, Penn State

247. Arizona Cardinals - C Michael Menet, Penn State

248. Indianapolis Colts - G Will Fries, Penn State

249. Los Angeles Rams - WR Ben Skowronek, Notre Dame


250. Chicago Bears - DT Khyiris Tonga, BYU

251. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CB Chris Wilcox, BYU

252. Los Angeles Rams - EDGE Chris Garrett, Concordia-St. Paul

253. Denver Broncos - DE Marquiss Spencer, Mississippi State

254. Pittsburgh Steelers - P Pressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech

255. New Orleans Saints - WR Kawaan Baker, South Alabama

256. Green Bay Packers - RB Kylin Hill, Mississippi State

257. Detroit Lions - RB Jermar Jefferson, RB Oregon State

258. Washington Football Team - WR Dax Milne, BYU

259. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - LB Grant Stuard, Houston

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