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Rookie Mr. Relevant

When you have your first MLB draft eligible client selected by a team, whether it be in the first round or the fiftieth round, it is a great feeling.  But with fifty rounds (plus a few supplemental rounds at the beginning), the MLB Amateur Draft has over 1,000 players drafted, leaving more than enough of an opportunity for an agent to get his feet wet if she does not mind going after a late round guy.  The NBA and NFL drafts are entirely different beasts to tackle.  Representing any player selected in the NFL draft is tough and in the two-round NBA draft is even more of a challenge.  The very last pick in the MLB draft has a .00001% of making a big league roster.  Many would think that the last pick in the NFL Draft, dubbed Mr. Irrelevant, is just as much of a long shot to make an active roster and that it may not be worth the time and money to recruit and then represent such a late round pick.  Think again.

Guys like Bill Kenney, Marty Moore, Jim Finn, and Mike Green went from being the last pick of the draft to having successful NFL careers.  Kenney made the Pro Bowl, Moore played in a Super Bowl, Finn was the starting FB for the New York Giants, and Green has been a safety with various teams (and is still in the league).  And now Mr. Irrelevant 2008, David Vobora, will be making his presence felt in the NFL…in his rookie year.  The former Idaho Vandal is expected to make his first start tomorrow at linebacker against the Miami Dolphins.  This will be the first time that the last pick of the NFL draft will make his first professional start in his rookie season since Marty Moore, who was drafted in 1994.  While I am a Dolphins fan, I am rooting for Vobora to have a successful first start.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

2 replies on “Rookie Mr. Relevant”

Mr. Irrelevant spends a week in Newport Beach, CA, gets a trophy, has a golf tournament, and gets roasted (among other things). In theory, the last pick should have the worst shot out of all draftees in succeeding; however, the huge press definitely gives such a player a large advantage over his 7th round peers. Look at this post alone. How many 7th rounders get a post on this site?

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