In a film evaluation of Missouri DE/LB Michael Sam, Greg Bedard of Monday Morning Quarterback wrote that there is "nothing exceptional" about the "decidedly average" prospect.
"It could be argued that Sam is the fourth-best pass rush prospect on the Tigers," Bedard wrote, referring to Kony Ealy, Markus Golden and Shane Ray, when asserting that Sam's high-level effort was in part aided by the fact that he only played in 58 percent of the snaps in the 12 games Bedard watched. Sam (6-foot-1 1/2, 260 pounds) led the SEC in sacks and tackles for a loss in 2013 and earned the conference's Defensive Player of the Year award from the media, and co-DPOY (with Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley) from coaches. Bedard noted that nine of Sam's sacks came against Arkansas State, Vanderbilt and Florida, while he collected only a half-sack in his final six games. Bedard struggles to see Sam as a 4-3 end because he's undersized, flounders against the run and is stiff as an athlete. Bedard, however, believes Sam is a fit as a pass-rushing DE on third downs or as a two-down inside 3-4 LB. To Bedard, Sam is a mid- to late-round prospect, perhaps even undraftable.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 02:35:00 PM