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Michael Sam posts better 40 times at Missouri pro day

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As impressive as Missouri defensive end Michael Sam was in interviews at the Scouting Combine, it didn’t go so well for him on the field.

But he apparently recovered today at Missouri’s pro day.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, two stopwatches had Sam run his first 40-yard dash in 4.69 and 4.70 seconds.

That’s an improvement over the 4.79 and 4.84 he put up at the Combine, and could help boost his stock in the eyes of skeptical evaluators.

According to other reports from Missouri, Sam appeared to have come up with a hamstring pull, which kept him from making a second attempt at the 40-yard dash.

The time he posted Thursday seems more in line with his production at Missouri, after an 11.5-sack senior season which saw him win SEC co-defensive player of the year. More attention has been paid to the fact he’ll be the first openly gay player in the NFL upon being drafted.

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29 Responses to “Michael Sam posts better 40 times at Missouri pro day”
  1. mostlogicalvoicesays says: Mar 20, 2014 1:58 PM

    Forget About Getting Good Offensive Tackles. Michael Sam will be the First And Greatest of the draft picks.

  2. ghost26 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:04 PM

    The NFL is about finding players that can help teams win games & unfortunately the story on this kid should have never been that he’s gay. Personally I couldn’t care less what he does off the field & either should anyone else for that matter.

    The real story with Michael Sam is that he overachieved as a Senior. Although he’s a high energy, effort player–he’s a below average athlete/talent for the NFL. He had a very good season in Missouri but he doesn’t have the speed or quickness to succeed at the next level as a pass rusher. Since he doesn’t have the ability to cover people down the field–I don’t think he’ll even be drafted.

  3. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 20, 2014 2:08 PM

    Wow Michael Sam is great. He is the most wonderful football player ever. Isn’t he so amazing and brave and everything we all should be. He is A-Okay! Everything about him is great!! Super swell guy!

  4. kuranda84 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:09 PM

    He should be a 9er…yea he’d fit in good w/ them.

  5. PriorKnowledge says: Mar 20, 2014 2:12 PM

    He is at least a backup pass rusher. Backup pass rushers are somewhat valuable. About 5th round I surmise. If he does not get drafted, I assume other factors will enter the equation.

  6. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 20, 2014 2:14 PM

    what a sparkling piece of man meat.

  7. xcerebus1 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:14 PM

    Has he decided on which team he’ll allow to draft him yet?

  8. huskersrock1 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:15 PM

    Are you going to post the workout times of every 4th round draft pick? If not why did you decide to post Sam’s? Shouldn’t everyone be treated equally?

  9. nonetruerthanblue says: Mar 20, 2014 2:16 PM

    @ghost26 do you know how many kids come of college that are NFL ready? Numbers won’t blow your mind.

    To say that he doesn’t possess the skills to compete at the next level is a bit premature. His time at Missouri, just like any other college athlete, is his stellar resume that’s going to get him the job.

    On-the-job professional development at the next level will get him to where he will need to be.

    You don’t think he will be drafted? That’s a bit much. I’d believe Mayock a little more.

  10. cuns2317 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:16 PM

    Is that a true 40 time or the fabled 38.5 yard dash time at pro days

  11. abninf says: Mar 20, 2014 2:17 PM

    If my team drafts him I will no longer be a fan.

  12. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 20, 2014 2:19 PM

    His football speed is very noticeable. I wouldn’t sweat his 40 time either way. If I’m a scout I’m more worried that he didn’t have a ton of pass rush moves.

  13. cursedvikings1998 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:24 PM

    He’ll get drafted 5th or 6th round, guaranteed.

    Needs to get a bit more weight to be a defensive end, but could play outside linebacker if he’s fast enough.

    Haters gonna hate.

  14. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Mar 20, 2014 2:25 PM

    If I read this right, he finally ran fast enough to matter but hurt himself doing so. Isn’t that a bad thing?

  15. jayr92 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:31 PM

    Haha That picture tho. He after that booty

  16. bighomiemathews24 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:46 PM

    40 yard dash is overrated teams lose out on so many good players every year because of that crap..

  17. stevent92 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:55 PM

    He had a great 40 time???!

    Top 10 pick for sure.

  18. idontliveinmymomsbasement says: Mar 20, 2014 3:01 PM

    Of course he ran fast. He’s light in the loafers.

  19. rc33 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:10 PM

    Has the First Lady tweeted him congratulations yet?

  20. steeltothebones says: Mar 20, 2014 3:14 PM

    Steelers this guy could be the backbone of our D for years to come!

  21. natelan69 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:27 PM

    abninf says:
    Mar 20, 2014 2:17 PM
    If my team drafts him I will no longer be a fan.
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    Cool story, bro! J/K, no one cares what you think.

  22. joefelicelli says: Mar 20, 2014 3:31 PM

    Forget Sam…I heard Ealy was under 4.6 unofficially on a couple of stopwatches….That’s huge for a guy already in discussion as a mid first rounder.

  23. cjas9298 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:36 PM

    –relevant because his participation well be historic–not particularly difficult to understand– always funny to see how entitled and obtuse we can be

  24. listenup823 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:41 PM

    Really? Running 1/10 of a second faster is gonna make teams want the circus to come to their town?

  25. thethunderofgunns says: Mar 20, 2014 5:34 PM

    In an unofficial timing, Sam was clocked @ 3.879 seconds in a 40 yard dash between him and a player who dropped the soap. :)

  26. patriotenvy says: Mar 20, 2014 6:09 PM

    Someone might make him a wide reciever.

  27. Spencer says: Mar 21, 2014 3:12 AM

    I don’t get it, the man specifically stated at the Combine that he just wants to be seen as a football player….so why do you guys in the media insist on referring to him as a gay football player every-time you write an article about him?

  28. joetoronto says: Mar 21, 2014 4:30 AM

    He’s clearly not worth the trouble.

  29. thethunderofgunns says: Mar 21, 2014 4:55 PM

    Spencer says:
    Mar 21, 2014 3:12 AM
    I don’t get it, the man specifically stated at the Combine that he just wants to be seen as a football player….so why do you guys in the media insist on referring to him as a gay football player every-time you write an article about him?

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    Uh, perhaps because that is the thing PRIOR to the draft he wanted everyone to know about so he announced it???????

    (3rd repost as pft doesn’t like truth)

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