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Chandler Harnish hardly 'Irrelevant' for Colts

By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/

The Colts didn't waste the final pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, a prospect annually dubbed "Mr. Irrelevant."

Since 1976, the final pick of the draft has been the center of a weeklong post-draft celebration, including a trip to Newport Beach, Calif. The selection has seen is fair share of punters, kickers and random small school or Ivy League names. But the Colts decided to find value in the 253rd selection this year, bookending the draft with quarterbacks by snagging Northern Illinois' Chandler Harnish to close out the proceedings.

The 185th-rated prospect overall by, Harnish was the No. 10-rated quarterback entering the draft. He has decent size at 6-2, 219 pounds, and is coming off a record-setting senior year in which he racked up a single-season school record 4,324 all-purpose yards.

Harnish is a mobile quarterback and good on-field general who started for four seasons. While he lacks a cannon for an arm and can be inconsistent with his accuracy, he could prove to be a good developmental quarterback in a rhythm passing game. If he can stick on the Colts' practice squad and develop in the offense as an eventual backup to Andrew Luck, Harnish could prove anything but irrelevant in a few years.

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