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Raiders make WR Hoag 'Mr. Irrelevant'

Posted: Sunday April 27, 2003 9:56 PM

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- A trade with Houston brought the Oakland Raiders one last selection in the NFL draft Sunday. It turned out to be the 262nd and final pick, known as "Mr. Irrelevant."

He is Ryan Hoag, a receiver out of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. As the last selection, Hoag gets a trip to Newport Beach, Calif., where he'll be honored at a dinner and golf tournament, a trip to Disneyland and other perks.

Hoag was in the school cafeteria with friends and family when Raiders head coach Bill Callahan called.

"It got pretty wild," Hoag said. "I was kind of questioning whether I'd be drafted."

Hoag joined Wake Forest as a walk-on in 1998 but overslept a morning practice and was cut from the team. He went to Division III Gustavus Adolphus and played in the all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, where he was a first-team pick the last two years. He had 56 catches for 808 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2002.

"He had outstanding speed, he dominated his league and matched up well at the combine," Callahan said.

Hoag said being the last pick in the draft "is the least of my worries. I think this is a great fit for me. Jerry Rice has been my lifelong sports hero."


 
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