New Rams defensive end Michael Sam doesn’t take it lightly that he lasted until the 7th round of the NFL draft before being selected. He believes he should have been taken much sooner, especially after winning the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award and being named an All-American in 2013 while at Missouri.
What Sam fails to realize is that NFL teams don’t care about media awards, but whether or not a player has what it takes to be successful at the next level. Sam not only had an unimpressive combine, he is undersized, ran a 4.9 forty, and he is a “tweener” when talking about NFL defensive schemes.
Still, Sam believes teams shied away from taking him, but stopped short of saying it’s because he’s the first openly gay player to ever be drafted:
“From last season alone, I should’ve been in the first three rounds. SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-American,” Sam said, via the Associated Press. “I knew I was going to get picked somewhere. Every team that pa...