Report: Six NFL Teams Hope To Draft Michael Sam
As the NFL Draft quickly approaches and history is likely to be made, it seems there may be quite a competition to snag Michael Sam, the talented openly-gay college football player and pro league prospect.
As former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam continues his preparations for the NFL draft, several teams have maintained contact with the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
The Ravens are among the teams that have displayed the most interest in Sam since the NFL scouting combine along with the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets, according to league sources.
The Ravens discussed Sam during interviews at the combine.
"He's been a good player, he's been in a locker room," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "It's what you, the media — what are you all going to do with him? Once he gets in and he can rush the quarterback and get the quarterback on the ground and make tackles, he's going to be a good teammate. The biggest thing is how the media is going to deal with him.
"This is something that's new to the league. We all will have to adapt to it. What I was talking about is I think our locker room has had the tendency to adapt to things a lot smoother than maybe the media does."
The NFL Draft takes place May 8 through May 10.