2011 -- MLB Josh Bynes, DEN – In our inaugural draft, the Broncos chose Bynes, a decent MLB, out of Auburn as Mr. Irrelevant. Bynes has good size (6’1”, 240 lbs) and a respectable combination of speed (76) and strength (76). While he lacked good tackling skills, his weren’t horrible for a rookie (79). Considering his humble beginnings, Bynes actually had an extremely productive career in Denver. Though he recorded only 3 tackles as a rookie, Bynes was forced into the spotlight in 2012 and played well, tying for third most tackles on the team with 77. In that season, Bynes also had 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and interception and 5 deflections. Not bad for the last player drafted! In 2013, however, the Broncos drafted MLB Shea McClellin in the 2nd round, effectively ending Bynes’ long-term prospects with the team. Bynes still managed a respectable 51 tackles in 2013, including 6 TFLs and a sack. But Bynes was in the last year of his contract, and was not resigned. Bynes has been out of football since.
2012 -- QB Nathan Enderle, JAX – While one would not expect a 7th round QB with 57 AWR to get much, if any, playing time, for a brief and shining moment the Idaho alum was the starting QB in northern Florida. Despite his lack of elite arm-strength (88) and poor accuracy (70 as a rookie), Enderle appeared in 10 games as a rookie, including an apparent start on opening day. Enderle’s best performance arguably came in week 9 when he completed 13 of 28 for 279 yards and 4 TDs (plus 2 picks) in a loss against the Texans. On the season he completed just under 45% of his passes for 1,607 yards, 8 TDs and 15 picks. In 2013, the Jaguars again gave Enderle the ball and he continued to disappoint, finishing the season with 1,472 yards passing, 6 TDs and 15 INTs and a dismal 50.9 passer rating. The low point was a 7-for-27 performance against the Titans where he threw 6 INTs and no TDs.
2013 -- OLB Nate Stupar, PIT – Unlike Bynes and Enderle, who not only saw significant playing time and even started, the 2013 Mr. Irrelevant was unable to suit up for the Steelers, or any other team for that matter. The Penn State alum had great size, but lacked the physical ability to perform at the next level. Offering a decent 76 speed but subpar 71 STR, Stupar was neither fast enough to be an OLB or strong enough to be a force inside. Though he was probably more suited for the Mike position, he was cut by the Steelers in 2013 and hasn’t been on an active roster since.
2014 -- C Raymond Snow, ATL – Atlanta picked Snow out of USC in 2014, apparently seeing a lot of potential that the rest of the league did not. It has been to Atlanta’s benefit that they did. Snow as a rookie 7th rounder appears to have started 11 games in 2014 and did not embarrass himself in the role, protecting Matt Ryan to the tune of 34 pancakes to a relatively low four sacks. Snow has a decent combination of speed (54) and strength (87), but is utterly lacking on paper in terms of awareness (57) and blocking skill (77 PBK, 68 RBK). Still, he performed admirably as a 7th round pick. While the offensive line starters haven’t been announced in Atlanta as of yet, Snow has seen some action in the pre-season, recording 2 pancakes and 0 sacks allowed.
2015 -- CB Larry Greer, SF – Drafted at the end of the 7th, Northern Iowa CB Larry Greer was a longshot to begin with. Rookie defensive backs have an especially hard time transitioning, and Greer’s limited skill set (5’8”, 83 SPD, 56 AWR) did not favor him making the Niners final squad. Greer was last seen putting in applications at the Hy-Vee grocery store in Cedar Falls.