Re: Possibly 1st openly gay NFL player!
posted at 2/10/2014 8:36 PM EST
In response to seattlepat70's comment:
In response to PhatVirgin's comment:
if he can play, then it doesn't really matter......to me. Who knows if him coming out will affect where he is drafted. From what I've heard, he is a 3rd-5th round pick.
What exactly did you see that made him a 3rd-5th rnd pick and not 3rd or higher?
As I said, he was 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Previous winners were...
2012 Jarvis Jones - picked #17
2011 Morris Claiborne - picked #6
2010 Patrick Peterson - picked #5
2009 Rolando McClain - picked #8
2008 Eric Berry - picked #5
2007 Glenn Dorsey - picked #5
2006 Patrick Willis - picked #11
None of those guys were tweeners - they played their position and weren't going to have to switch or project to another spot that they never really played before at a high level...Sam is most likely going to have to do that.
Everything I've seen of Sam as a player has been him playing defensive end, he may not be able to play defensive end in the NFL, which would mean he will have to stand up and play in space...it's far from a guarantee he will be able to do that. Reports are that Sam looked pretty bad being asked to play linebacker during senior bowl week - which is pretty common with these types - which is also why he won't be drafted high.
Now if some team drafts him in the 4th or 5th round and they just use him as a situational pass rusher it adds value to the pick at that point...there are no illusions he will be an every down 34 outside starter, but if you draft him in the second round he had better be. A guy like Cunningham is a good example of a tweener bust, the guy played defensive end at Florida and projected to the outside in a 34 here...that didn't work. Then he was asked to play defensive end...that didn't work either. Now he is gone.