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Would the 49ers draft Michael Sam?


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The 49ers probably would be one of the teams comfortable with drafting Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. A projected mid-round pick, Sam came out Sunday as the first draft-eligible player from a major football college to say he was gay.… Extra Point:
case study 101... Michael Sam "Sam came out Sunday as the first draft-eligible player from a major football college to say he was gay." as reported by SFC. I'd suggest that this will hurt Sam's draft position. I'm not saying it should. I'm saying it will. I think that's quite unfortunate, not only because it will hurt his chances of making a team (lower picks are given lesser consideration, and are easier to cut) but also because he will sign a lower contract. Again, I'm not saying that team should pass over Sam, draft him later, pay him less, I'm just saying that they will. I respect that he was true to himself. I respect that a whole lot. But he did just make life harder on himself, and in my opinion that's the unfortunate reality of the NFL today. What Sam did accomplish though is to grab headlines. As a projected mid round pick, it is harder to prove that he fell in the draft (which will only give teams an easier way to pass over him), so this will bring more attention his way, for better or worse.

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