Meet Lonnie Ballentine, Mr. Irrelevant 2014
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The Texans opened the NFL draft Thursday night by taking Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick. They ended it Saturday night by taking Memphis safety Lonnie Ballentine with the 256th pick.
Ballentine thus is "Mr. Irrelevant,'' the name given to the final pick of each year's draft. The title has been given out the last 39 years, and the "winner'' gets a free trip to Newport Beach, Calif.
"I was emotional when I found out I was drafted,'' Ballentine said. "Tears were running down my face.''
The 6-3, 219-pound Ballentine ran a blazing 4.39 (hand timed) in the 40-yard dash at his pro day and had a vertical jump of 38 inches.