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Michael Sam | Defensive Lineman

Team: St. Louis Rams
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 261
College: Missouri
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Rams DE Michael Sam says he's lost 13 pounds since OTAs, and will report to training camp at 257.
Sam, who was listed at 261 at the Combine, said he's "faster and stronger." According to reporter Nick Wagoner, Sam has slimmed down so he can "help on special-teams coverage units." Although the off-the-field scuttlebutt rages on, Sam appears squarely focused on cracking the Rams' 53-man roster. Wagoner has projected that Sam will make the cut. Jul 22 - 7:20 PM

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ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner projects seventh-round DE Michael Sam to make the 53-man roster.

The Rams have kept a ninth defensive lineman in each of coach Jeff Fisher's first two seasons, and that's the spot Sam is competing for with DT Matt Conrath, DE Sammy Brown, and UDFA Ethan Westbrooks. The Rams gave Westbrooks a generous signing bonus, while Brown has made strides since being scooped up as a 2012 UDFA. Whoever wins the job will have to show well on special teams. Brown may actually be the best player of the group.
Jul 18 - 12:00 PM

GM Jim Popp of the Montreal Alouettes says Rams DE Michael Sam would be a "great fit" in the CFL if he doesn't stick in the NFL.

The Alouettes own Sam's rights in case he ever wants to go north of the border. "He has the skill set to rush the passer and he is not your prototypically sized guy rushing the passer in the NFL," Popp said. Sam, hoping to become the first openly-gay NFL player, will battle for a backup spot on a deep Rams line.
Jun 30 - 9:57 AM

Rams signed No. 249 overall pick DE Michael Sam to a four-year contract.

Sam was successful in his bid to become the first openly-gay player drafted in the NFL, but he still has a steep hill to climb in order to make a Rams' roster loaded along the defensive line. The former Missouri standout is currently running with the second-team defense in OTAs with William Hayes sidelined.
Jun 12 - 6:05 PM

The Oprah Winfrey Network announced Wednesday that it is working with Rams seventh-round DE Michael Sam on a documentary series that will show his life as the first openly gay player in the NFL.

"Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability," said Sam. "I am determined. And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great. I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together." The Rams have a reality star on their hands. The OWN cameras may not be the only ones looking to get access to the Rams this season. HBO's Hard Knocks is also said to be interested in following the Rams this summer.
May 15 - 9:13 AM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch expects the Rams to keep eight or nine defensive linemen on their final 53-man roster.

Seventh-round rookie DE Michel Sam has a steep hill to climb as this is perhaps the deepest defensive line in the NFL. Chris Long, Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford are locks. William Hayes, Eugene Sims and Alex Carrington are also decent bets. It leaves Sam -- along with Jermelle Cudjo and Matt Conrath -- needing to make a serious impression on the coaches come camp.
May 12 - 11:44 AM

Rams selected Missouri DE Michael Sam with the No. 249 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Sam (6-foot-1 5/8, 261) earned 2013 co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year on the strength of 19 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Despite a productive college track record, Sam is short on athleticism with a 4.91 forty time and 25 1/2-inch vertical. Sam revealed early in the pre-draft process that he is homosexual, creating all kinds of headlines. His low draft position is much more the result of limited attributes than his sexual orientation, however. Sam's upside is a sub-package pass rusher who plays around 20 snaps per game.
May 10 - 6:50 PM

Out of 21 scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 15 said they wouldn't take Missouri DE Michael Sam until the seventh round or later.

Specifically, three scouts said Round 7, five said they'd sign Sam as a free agent and seven said they wouldn't even sign him at all. The lack of a true position at the NFL level continues to plague last season's SEC co-Defensive POY. "He's not a linebacker, and he's really not a defensive end," an NFC personnel director said. An AFC exec added, "It's a tough fit when you're short and slow and a try-hard overachiever. That's the issue." Sam is hoping to become the NFL's first openly gay player.
May 5 - 9:14 AM

Sources tell the Baltimore Sun that the Ravens, Jets, Patriots, Falcons, Colts and Browns are showing the most interest in Missouri DE Michael Sam.

The list suggests that some teams (Ravens, Jets, Colts) still view Sam as a possible 3-4 edge player despite his lackluster Combine performance. Either way, he projects as a Day 3 pick that is going to have to earn a spot on a 53-man roster by carving out a situational rusher and special teams role. That's due to talent limitations, not Sam's sexual orientation.
Apr 16 - 9:54 AM's Bucky Brooks sees Missouri DE Michael Sam as a fifth-round prospect.

After a disappointing Combine that saw Sam run a 4.91 and post a 25.5 inch vertical at an undersized 6'2/261, Brooks calls him a mere nickel pass rusher. "He's not athletic enough to be that 3-4 outside linebacker and he's not stout enough to be an every down defensive end," Brooks said. "So, you would need to have a role for him." Sam needs to test better at Missouri's March 20 Pro Day to raise his stock. Either way, he's clearly a fringe-draftable prospect.
Mar 6 - 8:53 AM's Daniel Jeremiah believes Missouri DE Michael Sam could go undrafted.

Jeremiah is a former NFL scout. "The number everybody keeps talking about is the 25.5 inch vertical," Jeremiah said of Sam's Combine performance. "That shows you a lack of explosiveness, which is going to scare a lot of people off. ... He needs to jump better than that at his Pro Day or I think it's a real chance, you're talking about (a) seventh-round pick, possibly even going undrafted." The tough road Sam is facing as the NFL's first openly gay player will get even tougher if he doesn't improve some of his measurables at his Pro Day.
Feb 27 - 4:56 PM

Missouri DE Michael Sam's official forty time at the Combine was 4.91.

We're only keeping tabs on Sam because of his high media profile; he's really a projected mid- to late-round pick with mediocre to sub-average measurables. Sam is a one-move pass rusher who'll likely top out as a situational defender in the NFL. He's undersized (6'2/261) for a 4-3 end, and not considered flexible enough to contribute at a high level as a 3-4 outside linebacker convert.
Feb 24 - 11:57 AM

Eight NFL executives and coaches anticipate a "significant" draft-day plunge for Missouri OLB Michael Sam after revealing that he is homosexual.

The execs and coaches believe NFL locker rooms are "not prepared to deal with an openly gay player," and decision makers fear a "publicity circus" for the team that selects Sam. "At this point in time it's still a man's man game," said one player personnel assistant. "To call somebody a [gay slur] is still so commonplace." Rotoworld draft maven Josh Norris believes Sam has fourth- to seventh-round tape. "I just know with this going on this is going to drop him down," added one veteran scout. "There's no question about it. It's human nature. Do you want to be the team to quote-unquote 'break that barrier?'"
Feb 9 - 8:53 PM

Missouri OLB Michael Sam revealed on ESPN's SportsCenter Sunday evening that he is gay.

The SEC's Co-Defensive POY in 2013, Sam is a projected middle-round pick who notched 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss as a senior. When Sam is drafted -- and we don't expect this news to suddenly torpedo his stock -- he will officially become the NFL's first openly gay player. Expect Sam's coming out to be a huge story at the Combine in two weeks. Per ESPN's Chris Mortensen, "GMs and experienced personnel men" were either already aware of Sam's sexuality before Sunday night's "news," or they had "heard scouts talking about it."
Feb 9 - 8:09 PM

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