Last but not least...
David Vobora
GoVandals.net
Posted Apr 28, 2008


With the last selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, former Vandal Scott Linehan, now head coach of the St. Louis Rams, selected outside linebacker DAVID VOBORA. The two-time First Team All-WAC selection waited through two days and 251 picks of Draft hype to become the first Vandal selected since Jake Scott in 2004 (5th round pick). From everyone at GoVandals.net, congratulations to the Vobora family.

It took two full days of selections and 251 picks, but at last Vandal standout David Vobora had his name called in the 2008 NFL Draft. Predicted by many prognosticators to be selected anywhere from the 5th to the 7th round, Vobora was chosen today with the last pick in the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.

For many Vandal fans, we learned something today about the NFL Draft. For the last player picked in the Draft, in addition to the relief of an NFL contract, they also earn the tongue-in-cheek honor of being named "Mr. Irrelevant".

At first, being new territory for many of us, we figured it was just a nickname for the last player selected.

Turns out there is more to the name. A lot more.

There is an official Mr. Irrelevant website (click HERE to go to the site), and a week-long celebration for the honoree in June in southern California.

From the site:

Irrelevant Week is a week-long celebration of the Underdog, the final pick of the NFL draft held in Orange County. Events include a golf tournament, a regatta and a sports banquet, and are open to the public. The idea for this celebration was formulated in 1976 by Irrelevant Week's founder and chief spokesperson, Paul Salata.

Salata, a former USC football standout and fan of the underdog, started the Irrelevant madness in 1976 when U. of Dayton wide receiver Kelvin Kirk was selected 487th and dead last by the Pittburgh Steelers.

Capped by the presentation of the Lowsman Trophy, many sports celebrities join in the fun of roasting and toasting the final NFL draft pick before he ventures to NFL Rookie Orientation Camp.
From all of us at GoVandals.net congratulations to David, his family and friends, and best of luck at the next level.

TEAM
St. Louis Rams
ROUND
7th (252nd Pick)
ESPN Pre-Draft Biography
In his first three seasons at Idaho (2004-'06), Vobora appeared in all 35 games (21 starts) had 194 tackles (15.5 for losses), two sacks, five forced fumbles, an interception and four pass breakups. As a senior in 2007, he played all 12 games and piled up 148 tackles (6.5 for losses), one sack, one forced fumble and an interception. Vobora didn't miss a game in his Vandals career. Vobora doesn't have any notable physical attributes but he's smart, tenacious and just athletic enough to develop into an effective reserve linebacker who also contributes on special teams. He projects as a late round pick.
ESPN Draft Analysis
He is a physical linebacker who plays with a mean streak. He does a good job of breaking down in space and is a reliable tackler. He gets good depth and reads the quarterback's eyes. He plays too upright, however, and will have problems holding ground when teams run at him. He is also slightly stiff in the hips.
NFL Network Video

LINK: NFL.com Final Pick Video

Mr. Irrelevant Week

LINK: Mr. Irrelevent Week WEBSITE



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