Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) runs on the field before the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Missouri beat Oklahoma State 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Jets, Ravens, Patriots among teams interested in Michael Sam


The NFL Draft is just around the corner and a lot of people are trying to predict what will be happening at the top of the draft — an almost impossible task at this point. But while there are names like Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel and Khalil Mack are being kicked around, there’s also mystery as to when Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam will go.

After causing a media storm by bravely coming out as the first openly gay soon-to-be professional football player, Sam failed to blow scouts away at the combine and didn’t help raise his stock. But despite being undersized and having only a so-so showing at the combine, there are as many as five teams interested in possibly drafting him this May.

Per the Baltimore Sun:

The Ravens are among the teams that have displayed the most interest in Sam since the NFL scouting combine along with the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets, according to league sources.

All five teams seem like perfect fits for different reasons and none of them can be blasted for having anything but positive locker room situations. While the Browns haven’t been any good, we saw how connected their locker room was when Rob Chudzinski was fired and they could use Sam’s help on defense.

There’s not certainty that any of these teams will draft Sam, but he’s starting to draw interest and it’s looking like he’ll be drafted at some point this May.

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