Mr. Irrelevant: Louisville TE Christian last pick in draft

By Bob Baum, Associated Press | Posted - May 2, 2015 at 6:01 p.m.


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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The 10th Louisville Cardinal chosen in the NFL draft earned the title "Mr. Irrelevant."

With the 256th — and last — pick of the three-day draft, the Arizona Cardinals chose tight end Gerald Christian.

He will be the guest of honor for a weeklong celebration in Newport Beach, California, next month. At the event, Christian will be presented with the Lowsman Trophy, a Heisman parody statue of a fumbling football player.

"I had never known about it," he said. "I'm hearing now I get to go be in a parade and all type of stuff. I'm going to enjoy it. I get to go to California. I've never been out there or anything."

But Christian doesn't think he's irrelevant as a potential NFL player. And neither do the Cardinals. Coach Bruce Arians said the hard-blocking player could be used as an H-back and has a legitimate chance to make the regular-season roster.

"I like doing the dirty work. That's no problem for me," Christian said. "I know the game's changing a lot. Most tight ends like to catch, but I'm not scared to also play a little fullback. I played some fullback when I was at Louisville. I'm not scared to put my face in there either."

Christian said his phone was "blowing up" with invitations from teams as an undrafted free agent when he got word that he wasn't undrafted after all.

Christian was a third-team all-ACC selection last season, catching 32 passes for 384 yards and five touchdowns.

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