There were a lot of eyes on Michael Sam at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine and, yes, believe it or not, some people were actually intrigued about what he would be able to produce on the field. Putting the media frenzy aside, there were a lot of questions about where Sam fits into an NFL scheme with his below-average size.
At the Combine, Sam needed to show tremendous versatility, which he ultimately didn’t. His 4.91 40-yard dash was probably the most eye-opening as it didn’t show a lot of flashes of being a speed rusher off the edge.
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah noted that Sam’s poor showing could possibly even lead to no one taking him during this May’s event.
“The number everybody keeps talking about is the 25.5 inch vertical. That is way down there. That is not good for an offensive lineman. That shows you a lack of explosiveness, which is going to scare a lot of people off,” Jeremiah said on “NFL AM.” “We talk about the importance of the combine vs. the pro day. He needs to jump better than that at his pro day or I think it’s a real chance, you’re talking about (a) seventh-round pick, possibly even going undrafted. He does have some good tape. I think he’s a good football player. But when you don’t really have the overall athleticism teams are looking for, and you don’t really have a true position, which we’ve talked about before, it makes it tough.”
As Jermiah said, Sam’s pro day now becomes the biggest day of his life as it pertains to his prospects of having his name called by an NFL franchise.