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Report: Ravens, Patriots and Jets among teams showing most interest in Michael Sam

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Michael Sam isn’t going to be a first-round pick next month, but his expected selection in the later rounds of the draft will be noteworthy all the same.

Sam’s public acknowledgement that he’s homosexual earlier this year leaves him poised to become the NFL’s first openly gay player, a milestone that isn’t likely to get him picked on the first two days of the draft. Sam had 11.5 sacks at Missouri in 2013, but there were questions about how well he’d transition to the NFL even before a poor showing at the combine in February.

Sam did better at his pro day and Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports several teams have maintained interest in Sam over the last few months. Wilson lists the Ravens, Patriots, Jets, Falcons, Colts and Browns as the clubs that have displayed the most interest in Sam.

It’s a wide range of teams and predicting how the late rounds of a draft will play out is something of a fool’s errand, so it’s hard to read much into what that means for Sam’s future beyond the fact that he still seems likely to be selected. As with every other player picked closer to the end of the draft than it’s beginning, what comes after that will be based on his ability to buck the negative predictions about his NFL future.

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21 Responses to “Report: Ravens, Patriots and Jets among teams showing most interest in Michael Sam”
  1. savocabol1 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:50 PM

    I’d be happy if the Browns took a stab at him in a later round

  2. hanspard says: Apr 16, 2014 1:52 PM

    It will be nice when the “gay player” thing gets the same treatment as the “black quarterback” thing….as in, no one cares about it anymore.

  3. joeflaccoallday says: Apr 16, 2014 1:56 PM

    No. Do NOT come to the Ravens.

  4. lanman11 says: Apr 16, 2014 2:00 PM

    This guys has Browns written all over him, however the Ravens will grab him to replace Ray Lewis for obvious reasons. There is no way this guy can’t dance.

  5. raiderufan says: Apr 16, 2014 2:00 PM

    I’d take him on the Raiders. I think he’d have quite a bit he could learn from Lamarr Woodley.

    Both are 6-2, 260+ pass rushers with similar playing styles.

  6. BigBlueDomination2014 says: Apr 16, 2014 2:17 PM

    I feel bad for the team that drafts him because if he doesn’t play well enough and gets cut it will instantly become a “gay” thing rather than a “he’s not good enough to make the 53 man roster” thing.

  7. jimmyt says: Apr 16, 2014 2:25 PM

    Tom Brady is lobbying real hard for the Pats to draft him.

  8. ravenswhat says: Apr 16, 2014 2:25 PM

    If he wants to work in a professional and encouraging locker room the ravens have to be at the top of his wish list.

  9. natureboy704 says: Apr 16, 2014 2:40 PM

    Chris bosh is trying to get the heat to trade lebron for him

  10. barrstarr says: Apr 16, 2014 2:47 PM

    He should take his talents to South Beach like LeBron.

  11. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Apr 16, 2014 2:51 PM

    I was simply trying to point out that so many people say that they don’t understand why anyone would think a gay player would be treated differently, and then several people make gay jokes on here.

    Seems pretty obvious to me that we still have a way to go.

  12. xinellum says: Apr 16, 2014 3:21 PM

    Ravens are a good place. With Rolando McClain performing so poorly at his workout and with the team needing inside linebacker help, he would be a great late fourth round pick. Ozzie Newsome is a groundbreaker and extremely fair-minded. Great pick for both parties.

  13. pastabelly101 says: Apr 16, 2014 3:35 PM

    Don’t go to the Ravens because their fans are Neanderthals. And those who intimate about Brady obviously have serious issues of their own. I would be happy if the Pats drafted Sams and let his play on the field make or break him.

  14. SAV says: Apr 16, 2014 3:40 PM

    Ravens are taking the kid. They have a ton of late picks to burn with just a few roster spots to fill. They need the PR right now and Sam fills a depth position of need. Money in the bag on that.

  15. patfanken says: Apr 16, 2014 3:41 PM

    Seems like the kind of high character guy that every team should aspire to have in their locker rooms. HOWEVER on the football field, he is an under sized pass rusher who, has neither size speed, quickness, or length to excel at the next level.

    Bottom line, he’s just another good college football player who is unlikely to take the next step into the NFL. I’d be fine with the Pats signing him, but I’d prefer they didn’t waste a draft pick doing it.

  16. RexCanCoach says: Apr 16, 2014 3:55 PM

    The only one of those teams that HAS a defense is the NY Jets…time for Michael Sam to be part of a winning team, welcome.

  17. pftfan says: Apr 16, 2014 4:06 PM

    Jets could use a late round pass-rusher to serve as understudy behind the ancient Calvin Pace who is likely playing his final season.

    They also have like seven late-rounders in this year’s draft, so taking a 6th round flyer on a boom-or-bust pass rusher isn’t a major risk. Jets seem to make the most sense.

  18. charmcitychampions says: Apr 16, 2014 4:07 PM

    Ravens don’t need the drama and nonsense he would bring with him. I wish the kid the best and am rooting for him, but I don’t want the media circus here. Let him succeed or fail on his own merit in a place that can support the overbearing media burden that would come with him. No need to attract the vermin with the prospect of juicy soundbytes and agenda dripping headlines.

    Patriots would be ideal. Liberal fanatics up there with a tight lipped head coach who runs his media sessions and player interviews with dictatorial force.

    Jets might be a decent spot for him with NY being very open towards gays and the media circus is already cemented in for them no matter what they do, so what does it matter if there is even more opressive media attention brought on them? Par for the course over there.

  19. abninf says: Apr 16, 2014 4:15 PM

    I didn’t see my teams name in the title so we’re good. And I’m sure every player on my team is giving a sigh of relief.

  20. oldcracker says: Apr 16, 2014 8:49 PM

    I think he would be a good fit with the Cardinals, especially after losing Dansby.

  21. kwjsb says: Apr 17, 2014 2:54 PM

    Great move by his agent, since his draft status was late round or undrafted, teams may now take a stab at him earlier just to look good in the press. He is about to be a self generated token,

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