Michael Sam was the SEC Defensive Player Of The Year last year while playing for Missouri
. Over the weekend Michael came out as gay. If he plays for an NFL team he would be the first openly gay player to do so. Michael is expected to be a second or third round draft pick which would almost guarantee him a spot on a team. What is going to be very interesting is if he suddenly slides from that second or third round spot to the much later rounds or not even being drafted. He says he came out because there are rumors about his sexuality out there so wanted to just get it all in public before the draft.
His teammates at Missouri have known for at least a year when he came out to them in a team building exercise. His teammates said they knew long before that but were glad he finally had the courage to come out to them. Last month at an all-star game Michael's agent was asked whether Michael had a girlfriend or if anyone had seen him with women and whether it was possible for Michael to start dating a woman before the NFL Draft. Yeah, they wanted that. If this guy drops lower than the second or third round then you know that the portrait portrayed by the former punter for the Minnesota Vikings of the league and its teams as homophobic is probably true. There would be no other reason not to draft the guy other than his sexuality and it will be interesting to hear the explanations teams give as to why they didn't draft him. I'm guessing it will be things like, “He didn't fit our needs or what we were looking for at that pick.”