Michael Sam, SEC Defensive POY comes out as gay

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL most likely will have its first openly gay player in 2014.

Sam apparently came out to his college team last summer:

NFL prospect Michael Sam comes out as gay - Outsports
"Once I became official to my teammates, I knew who I was," Sam told John Branch of the New York Times. "I knew that I was gay. And I knew that I was Michael Sam, who's a Mizzou football player who happens to be gay. I was so proud of myself and I just didn't care who knew. If someone on the street would have asked me, ‘Hey, Mike, I heard you were gay. Is that true?' I would have said yes. "But no one asked. I guess they don't want to ask a 6-3, 260-pound defensive lineman if he was gay or not."

I'm not going to speculate how this might affect his draft stock. Honestly I don't think it should but that would be naive. Sam was being touted as a 3rd round pick before the revelation so let's see how it all shakes out. The combine just got a little more interesting as well.

As far as being a Panther prospect Sam's more of a 3-4 DE or OLB versus a 4-3 DE.

Update:

DeAngelo Williams weighed in on Twitter.

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