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Old 05-09-2014, 01:20 PM  
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NFL Team Official: Michael Sam Is ‘Not A Really Good Athlete’

ST. LOUIS (CBS St. Louis) — It could be a very long weekend for Michael Sam.
The openly gay football player from the University of Missouri is hoping an NFL team takes a chance and makes history by drafting him, but some experts believe he might end up being an undrafted free agent.
Scouts told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that they don’t see Sam’s game transitioning to the NFL.
“Most of his production was hustle stuff,” an NFC personnel official told the Journal Sentinel. “There’s production, but he’s short, he’s not a really good athlete and he doesn’t play good against the run.”
He continued: “He’s kind of a one-task pass rusher. Just run up the field. And they swallow him up and kind of push him around.”
One NFC personnel director stated that Sam doesn’t have a position in the league.
“He’s not a linebacker, and he’s really not a defensive end,” the personnel director told the Journal Sentinel. “I’d certainly take him to camp. You’ve got to admire how hard he plays.”
An AFC executive said Sam was “short and slow.” Sam stands at 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 262 pounds.
Despite the potential setbacks, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hoping to see Sam succeed in the league.
“I want to see Michael Sam get an opportunity to play in the NFL,” Goodell told ESPN Thursday before the first round of the NFL Draft. “We like to say the NFL is the ultimate meritocracy. If you can play football, they want to see you play. The teams want you. The fans want you. And that’s ultimately what it’s all about.”
Goodell continued: “I have great respect for Michael, his courage, his decision to become public, and I’m optimistic that he’s going to get that opportunity, and hopefully he can play at this level.”
Sam, who was the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year, will be the first openly active gay player in the league.
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Old 05-09-2014, 04:05 PM   #31
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Michael Sam should have maybe come out AFTER the draft...

I mean the SEC Defensive player of the year is a 6-7 round pick in what other draft?
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Old 05-09-2014, 04:08 PM   #32
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Michael Sam should have maybe come out AFTER the draft...

I mean the SEC Defensive player of the year is a 6-7 round pick in what other draft?
He runs a 4.9, is a tweener, and isn't athletic enough to make the transition to OLB in a 3-4. He also lacks the explosiveness to be a legitimate option for any team that's running the wide-9. This draft is packed full of great prospects and athletic freaks.

You really expect someone to draft Michael Sam ahead of a lot of other talent who are seen as having vastly superior potential?
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Old 05-09-2014, 04:59 PM   #33
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He runs a 4.9, is a tweener, and isn't athletic enough to make the transition to OLB in a 3-4. He also lacks the explosiveness to be a legitimate option for any team that's running the wide-9. This draft is packed full of great prospects and athletic freaks.

You really expect someone to draft Michael Sam ahead of a lot of other talent who are seen as having vastly superior potential?
Exactly.

Not big enough for 4-3 DE, not athletic enough for 3-4 OLB.
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:13 PM   #34
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:20 PM   #35
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Just because he's gay?

That's retarded.
Well it is the chiefs. I can see this fan base falling in love with him.
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:29 PM   #36
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:07 PM   #37
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:05 PM   #38
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I don't really follow college football, but how was he the SEC defensive player of the year if all he can do is "just run up the field?"
Didn't see anyone answer this.
The SEC defensive player of the year isn't NFL material? Does seem a little odd. Found this on the web, for what it's worth:

To get some sense of the range of outcomes for the “productive” players who won their major conference Defensive Player of the Year awards, I looked back at the last decade in the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big XII, and Pac-10/12. In the SEC, only one player who won the award was selected outside the top 33 picks in the draft–Chad Lavalais of LSU (who won the award in 2003) in the fifth round (pick #148 overall). When we look at all five conferences, here are the results.

Of the 54 players, almost three-fourths were selected in the first two rounds of the draft (74.1%). Only three players lasted past the sixth round–all undrafted, and all three were middle linebackers/leaders of defenses. One of those was Mark Herzlich, who dealt with cancer and made a valiant comeback after sitting out an entire season, after winning the award in 2008.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:14 PM   #39
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He got a lot of "should be" sacks.

Meaning there were times he just had a straight shot to the QB unblocked.

I saw that numerous times last season.
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Some really, really good college football players just don't translate physically to the NFL. Michael Sam is one of them.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:19 PM   #41
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Some really, really good college football players just don't translate physically to the NFL. Michael Sam is one of them.
But But glabbert was a stud qb / life loser.
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