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?
Imagine the positive impact on kids across the nation if espn would have hyped John Urschel’s drafting as much as they did Sam’s. But of course, that doesn’t sell clicks and ratings to their nearly comatose audience.
Yep, that’s what I thought all along. They’ve screwed themselves.
Kudos to the Dolphins who tweeted disapproval even if they in turn deleted it. The tweet wasn’t that bad. Just saying something like “horrible” per seeing the picture.
And this is why the whole thing is a circus side show. This guy wants to be the next grievance poster boy. Frankly, no one really cares whether there are gay people in the nfl, nba or the office next door. It has become patently clear this guy wants to be a gay community hero first and anything else second.
As a fan, it makes zero difference if gay guys are playing. Players have a right to have misgivings in the looker room. From group dressing to showers to locker room talk, having a homosexual there could be a problem. It is not a problem with certainly, but there is lots of room for potential issues of one kind or another. With a grievance seeker, it is nearly certain. There have undoubtably been gay people in the league throughout its history, but now we are going see the circus that results. Sam is likely to get cut as a seventh rounder. Then, the fun will really begin. Alternatively Fisher will leave him on the roster over others and cause other issues.
Buy more cable/dish programming. That’ll show’em.
Suck it up buttercup.
Mike Sam: Still not as round-heeled as Jim Everett.
well, at least his sense of entitlement is strong.
Sam’s being outrageous, the photo Drudge ran obviously seems to be a bit erotic, it looks like Sam’s boyfriend had birthday cake on his mouth. I thought it was a bit suggestive.
Another athlete prima donna or diva.
While I am surprised that he didn’t go higher...I followed the Falcons’ draft pretty closely. GMs/Coaches tend to be obsessed with “measure-ables” at the combine. Speed and strength are key. They also expect that a player will show up to the combine in top shape and do his very best.
Rams want to move out of St Louis, the NFL can make it real easy for them, or real hard.
I suspect there was some discussion of this.
What are the chances of him even making the cut at training camp. Oh wait, he can always play the GAY card.
After the cut downs, Sam will almost certainly be released by the Rams and become a free agent. If he stays in football shape, he might get a look during the season as teams suffer injuries and refill their practice squad.
Hard to know who is going to successfully go from being a good college player to the NFL level. Very, very few really succeed at it. My guess is Sam isn’t good enough, but we shall see.
Of course-if he has talent, he would have gone higher.
Truth, he is an affirmative action PC selection. He took a draft spot from someone with actual talent and potential
32 teams disagreed, “Sam I Ram”.
Your analysis is spot on. As I read another person say, if someone comes out at work and says “I’m gay”, the reaction may well be “Why are you telling us this?”. So, Sam is being a bit of a Crusader. Maybe some forces behind him are pushing him to act a certain way. You never know.
“...he will always have a bad attitude and a chip on his shoulder.”
He’s ALREADY displaying it...that and a sense of entitlement.
To be honest players should be able to sue for sexual harassment. They are after-all being forced to undress and shower in front of someone who finds them sexually attractive. What difference does it make if it is a man or a women?
The Rams are thinking, “Oh S—t, what did we just do?”
The old LA Rams were a good team. Times have changed. We will see.
Whiners increase team morale and team unity, especially in football where players work as a unit.
He’s not good enough to play in the NFL. Every objective analysis of his skills has been done by scouts, talent evaluators, and people in the know in the NFL. They all say he’s a longshot to make a roster. If he were just any other player he probably would have gone undrafted and I guarantee that Coach Trestman wouldn’t of given him such glowing praise. Nobody in the NFL wants to have the gay mafia after them so of course they’ll be careful in their choice of words. We’ll see in August but when it becomes obvious that this guy is not NFL caliber I hope Coach Jeff Fisher will do what’s right for his team and not cave in to outside influences.
Jeff Fisher seems to be a good sort; some people don’t have a grasp of public relations or PR fallout. That latter part might apply to Fisher. He seems like a no-nonsense type. Maybe Fisher will handle all this alright but you make a good observation.
He has given a new meaning to the “Rams” team name. I wonder if they should change the image on their helms?
I wonder if the NFL promised the Rams some kind of compensatory pick if they got him?
You just trashed the whole thread. And my dinner. Nice job.
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