Lions make Alabama's Robinson draft's final pick
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Alabama's Ramzee Robinson is 2007's Mr. Irrelevant.
Eighteen hours and five minutes after it began, the Detroit Lions ended the 2007 NFL draft Sunday by selecting the 5-10, 186-pound cornerback in the seventh round with the 255th and final pick.
"My faith was tested," Robinson said during a conference call with the Detroit media. "Thankfully it held up and made me a Detroit Lion.
"I'm just thankful my name was finally called."
The perks of being perhaps the draft's longest of longshots include a June trip to Newport Beach, Calif., where he'll enjoy a VIP tour of Disneyland, the guest of honor's chair at the annual Lowsman Trophy banquet and surfing lessons.
Robinson said he plans to take part in the festivities.
"It's a tradition," he said. "I'm pretty sure I'm going to learn a lot about it in the next week or so."
Robinson was the last of the Lions' eight picks and the team's first final selection since former NFL player Paul Salata began the tradition of recognizing the last player chosen in 1976.
Quarterbacks Jared Zabransky of Boise State and Chris Leak of Florida, both of whom led their teams to BCS bowl victories last season, were among players who went undrafted this year.
Kevin McMahan, last season's Mr. Irrelevant, was drafted and then cut by Oakland. The wide receiver from Maine signed with Indianapolis after the Colts won the Super Bowl in February.
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