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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Updated: April 27, 10:46 AM ET
Succop taken 256th overall by Chiefs

Associated Press

The final pick of the draft, ending the 15-hour, 15-minute extravaganza, was South Carolina placekicker Ryan Succop.

Selected 256th overall by Kansas City, the 22-year-old Succop was a three-year regular kicker for the Gamecocks. Being picked last carries the distinction of getting called "Mr. Irrelevant."

"I don't really mind it. I don't plan on being irrelevant," Succop said. "I've been very blessed and I plan on making an impact right away. I've been blessed with the ability to do it and I'm looking forward to doing it."

What's the best part of being the last man drafted?

"The best part of it is having an opportunity to play in the NFL. Whether it's the middle pick or the last pick, I'm just happy to have the opportunity."

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The Chiefs select kicker Ryan Succop with the final pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

The seventh South Carolina player chosen this year -- all in the final five rounds -- Succop made 20 field goals in 30 attempts last season, scoring 90 points. His longest kick was a 54-yarder as the Gamecocks went 7-6.

Succop actually was more accurate as a sophomore and junior, going a combined 29-for-37 on field goals.

The 6-foot-3, 221-pound Succop also punted two seasons for the Gamecocks, averaging 42 yards. He did not punt as a senior.