NY Jets reportedly refused to trade the Mr. Irrelevant pick

The Jets are determined to use the Mr. Irrelevant pick
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The NY Jets are proud holders of the Mr. Irrelevant selection in the 2024 NFL Draft, and they have no plans to change that any time soon. Despite receiving some trade offers, the Jets aren't interested.

ESPN's Adam Schefter said live on the air on Saturday that the Denver Broncos inquired about including the Mr. Irrelevant pick, No. 257 in this year's draft, in Zach Wilson trade negotiations. The Jets didn't budge.

Instead, the Jets sent Wilson and the No. 256th overall pick — one pick before Mr. Irrelevant — to the Broncos in exchange for the No. 203 overall pick in the draft. The Jets preferred to give up the pick before instead.

The Jets have also been involved in a number of draft-day trades on Saturday, packaging almost all of their Day 3 picks in various trades. But not pick No. 257. The Jets are committed to making that selection.

What does the Mr. Irrelevant pick get?

The Jets have only made one Mr. Irrelevant selection in Jets history, that coming all the way back in 1969 when they drafted Duke defensive tackle Fred Zirkle. Zirkle would never appear in an NFL game, opting for a career in business instead.

There's a reason the Jets want to hold on to the Mr. Irrelevant pick. Not only is it a fun story that receives national attention, but it's also an opportunity to create a cool moment to reward a late Day 3 NFL prospect.

Each Mr. Irrelevant selection and their family are invited to spend a week during the summer in Newport Beach, CA for what is referred to as "Irrelevant Week." The trip typically includes a free trip to Disneyland as well as the Lowsman Trophy, intended to be a spin on the Heisman Trophy.

The Mr. Irrelevant pick has received increased attention in recent years following the success of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, who was the final selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Will the Jets find their version of Brock Purdy in this year's draft? It's unlikely, but that doesn't mean the Jets can't enjoy the media attention and festivities that come with the pick.

Who will be the Jets' Mr. Irrelevant selection? We'll find out a little later today. The Jets are keeping that pick.