The St. Louis Rams drafted Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam late in the seventh round, making him the first openly gay athlete to be drafted into the NFL. It is somewhat surprising that SEC’s defensive player of the year slid all the way to the bottom of the draft, and Sam thinks he should’ve been taken in the first two days of the NFL Draft.
From last season alone, I should’ve been in the first three rounds. SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-American,” Sam said during a conference call, via CBS.
He wouldn’t say it was because he decided to come out.
“You know what, who knows? Who knows? Only the people who sit in the war room know,” he said. “They saw Michael Sam, day after day they scratched it off the board. That was their loss. But St. Louis kept me on that board. And you know what I feel like I’m a (Jadeveon) Clowney, a first draft pick. I’m proud of where I am now.”
Sam is motivated and this chip on his shoulder could bring out the best in his play. If that happens the Rams might have gotten a steal in Sam.