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.