Skip to comments.Michael Sam: I should've been drafted in the first three rounds
Posted on 05/11/2014 7:19:37 PM PDT by FlJoePa
Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam became the first openly gay player in NFL history to be drafted when the Rams took him with the 249th pick on Saturday, but Sam almost didn't make history because he almost fell out of the draft.
Sam was taken with the eighth-to-last pick, meaning he almost wasn't drafted at all, something he found rather shocking. The NFL's first openly gay player said he should've been picked higher.
"From last season alone, I should've been in the first three rounds -- SEC Defensive player of the year, All-American," Sam said, listing off his 2013 accomplishments, via the Rams official website. "I should have gone in the top three rounds easily."
Instead of going in the first three rounds though, Sam almost didn't go in any round. So what would have happened if Sam wasn't drafted?
According to NFL Network, the Bears, Giants and Ravens were all interested in signing Sam if he hadn't been taken by St. Louis. The Rams also would have tried to sign Sam if they hadn't grabbed him with the 249th pick.
Bears coach Marc Trestman said on Saturday that Sam would have been a defensive end in Chicago, not a linebacker, "When someone has that number of sacks, you have to pay attention to that," Trestman said of the Bears' interest in Sam, via the Chicago Sun-Times.
As it is though, Sam is with the Rams, and he's happy about that. "The Rams know what the hell they're doing."
And what the Rams did was draft Sam, which you can watch below.
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The fact that he was picked so late seems mighty queer.
“Because I’m a fag.”
Enjoy your cruddy player who won’t help you win many, if any, games, Rams.
Stop bein’ so silly-—lol
Not the least bit queer. [Nor has it anything to do with the fact that he’s queer.] He’s slow. He’s small. He’s been described by NFL scouts as a “very marginal pass rusher for very limited situations,” and “very easily pushed around.” And as FlJoe says, he had a very disappointing Combine. When he fails to make the NFL average 4.5 year career, that’ll probably be called “queer” as well. But there’s nothing queer about mediocre players being drafted late if at all.
He's not NFL material. He runs like a girl.
So much for the NFL
Ingtar says, “History says you should not have been drafted at all.”
Did the NFL place a call and say draft the guy? A number of rumors going around.
Better than the 250th. Welcome to the real world where words and actions have consequences.
He needs an appropriate label:
Already complaining. That’s the main reason teams don’t want an emotional windbag like Sam in their organization.
He’s going to make Terrell Owens look reasonable.
The Rams will come to regret picking him. If they cut him they will be homophobes and if they keep him he will always have a bad attitude and a chip on his shoulder.
I get SO TIRED of the whining. How ‘bout - I am so glad I got picked.
NFL teams and players really love whiners!
He should sue.
I listened to this ol’ boy on CBS sports radio today, he dumped the story and went on to talk about other things. Even if a radio announcer doesn’t approve of Sam, they probably have to give some lipservice saying “oh, I hope he does well” or the PC police might be after them. But the fellow in the late afternoon, made a quick comment and went on to other stories. He probably wasn’t all that enthusiastic about it and thank goodness, they went on to talk about other things like the Clippers overcoming a big deficit to win their game.
You made your history and you’re still complaining?