Feb 24, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Missouri Tigers Michael Sam runs through drills during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Interested In Michael Sam


 

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

According to The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson, the New England Patriots are one of six NFL teams that have shown the most interest in defensive end Michael Sam.

As Missouri defensive end Michael Sam continues his preparations for the NFL draft, several teams have maintained contact with the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

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.

The All-American selection is poised to become the first openly gay NFL player after declaring his sexuality during a historic announcement earlier this year.

As Wilson mentions, Sam is set to be the first openly gay player in the league, which is really awesome for professional sports. In a pure football sense, selecting Sam in a later round is logical for New England, given that they need some depth on the edge.

However I don’t really think Sam has the talent to really make an impact with the Pats (or any other NFL team for that matter). But we will see what happens. I’m rooting for him to prove his doubters wrong, and become an effective player in the big leagues.

Tags: Michael Sam New England Patriots NFL Draft

  • blorjr

    If he was not gay would you still be rooting for him.

    • Cyrus Geller

      To be completely honest, I probably wouldn’t be rooting for him. Talent-wise, he isn’t that great. But having someone like him break the barriers of the NFL would not only be great for the league, but for the whole country.