Michael Sam — who is hoping to become the first openly gay player in NFL history — made a good impression during his media press conference on Saturday. But on on the field Monday he couldn’t do the same thing.
Sam needed to show he has more athleticism, but the suddenly scrutinized Missouri defensive end struggled to do that.
Throughout the draft process, the 6-2, 255-pound Sam has battled concerns that he’s a player without a position, too small to play defensive end and too unathletic to shift to linebacker.
His performance at Lucas Oil Stadium didn’t help. The SEC defensive player of the year started the afternoon by running a dismal 4.91-second 40-yard dash, the same time as 302-pound defensive tackle Caraun Reid of Princeton. Later, he struggled changing direction and moving in drills, awkwardly hurdling obstacles and flashing stiff hips. This all came after a disappointing performance in the weight room, where Sam finished third from last with 17 reps at 225 pounds.
Despite all that, coaches still wanted to see Sam do the “linebacker conversion drill,” performed by defensive ends who may be asked to shift to linebacker, and again, he struggled. Scouts want to see players shift from a backpedal to a forward sprint in one fluid motion, but Sam needed two shuffle steps to change direction.
It was all validation for those who project Sam as a mid- to late-round pick in May’s NFL draft. He may be able to chase the quarterback, but his limitations in coverage may prevent him from seeing enough time to warrant a high selection.
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
did this just give the nfl ammo to not even draft him?
they could use this as an excuse.
“yeah he bombed.
why would we even put him on a team?”
welp we shall soon see.
lowkey: at the end of the day,
this is still sports and if you suck then…
gay or not.
article courtesy: the ny daily news