Few players projected to go late in the draft have faced the scrutiny that Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, has had leading up to this weekend. Sam, who came out as an openly gay man in early February, had a sub-par combine performance, and he has largely been projected as a late round draft pick.
After three long days of waiting and speculation, Sam has been selected by the St. Louis Rams with the 249th overall pick in the seventh round. Sam will play his pro football in the same state in which he became a college star, and the one that embraced him after his courageous announcement.
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Sam was a Walter Camp First Team All-American as a senior after recording 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss on the season for the SEC East champion Tigers. He joins a powerful Rams pass rush that already features Chris Long, NFL sack leader Robert Quinn, and newly drafted defensive tackle Aaron Donald.