On Sunday, Michael Sam, former defensive end for the Missouri Tigers, announced he was gay. Sam was a projected 3rd round draft pick before announcing he was gay. While many people believe this will affect his draft stock and his NFL career, I think otherwise. Sam was a star at Missouri from 2009-2013. Sam’s senior season he recorded 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss. During his career at Missouri, Sam accumulated 123 tackles, 36 for a loss, 21 sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions.
Michael Sam was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, which upped his draft stock. Sam has size at 6’2″ and 255 pounds. He’s a great football player regardless of his sexual orientation. Sam shouldn’t be judged by the lifestyle in which he lives. I would draft Michael Sam no later than the 3rd round. Sam being gay shouldn’t matter one bit, and it definitely shouldn’t cause a distraction. Sam’s teammates knew about him being gay and look how great Missouri was last year. They had a 12-2 record and Sam was their best defensive player.
Michael Sam announcing to the world that he’s gay:
I’m all for Micheal Sam being openly gay , players shouldn’t have to hide who they are. Michael Sam’s sexual orientation doesn’t affect the way he plays on the field. Sam has talent and athletic ability and that’s all that should matter. I would never skip over a draft prospect because he’s gay; if a player can help my team succeed then I’m going to draft him and let him play. I think a team is going to give him a chance and he’ll run with it. Michael Sam will be the first openly gay player to play in the NFL and this will only open the door for bigger and better things in the future.