NFL Draft Overview – Day 3; Michael Sam Makes History

The NFL Draft has now been completed, & teams took care of needs. The Cincinnati Bengals got a backup quarterback who could be a starter one day in former Alabama player A.J. McCarron. The Kansas City Chiefs got some potential help in former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.

But none of those picks that will most likely directly help a team will be noticed. One pick that everyone is talking about is the St. Louis Rams selecting Michael Sam in the 7th round. Sam, of course, is the first openly gay NFL player in history. While that alone has already been a hot topic of discussion, the way that it was presented on the ESPN broadcast has people very much annoyed, angried all the way to celebratory.

This needs to be celebrated for what it is – a landmark moment in the history of America in terms of culture & in terms of acceptance. Although, to be honest, the cake & kiss was a bit much right now only because as a whole, America is not ready to see that or discuss that on a national TV show like the NFL Draft. But I do believe that at some point, it won’t be a big deal.

Sports is the one area that people have a ways to go before there is full acceptance of everyone across the board because of sexual preferences due to the belief that to be an athlete, there is a sense of masculinity & toughness to you. But I ask, how is having Michael Sam in the NFL any different than lesbians in college athletics & the WNBA? Many people almost assume & expect that half of the female athletes that are playing sports are lesbian, bisexual or transgender, so why is Michael Sam any different?

Because its the one thing that touches at the heart of what straight men actually squirm about – the idea of two men kissing. As it becomes more accepted & its presented more in front of us, men will become more laid back about it. I had no problem with it, I think that equality is important across the board & we need to bury discrimination all the way, if not for this generation, then our children’s generation.

ESPN shows Viagra commercials on repeat that promote sexual enhancement for men, what does that say? After the game, you & your partner can go & have great sex after your team wins. Plain & simple. This was outward emotion & America, at some point, will have some maturity about this issue.

Although, in a way, this is great that this happened right now. Now we can focus on Sam’s football ability & his chances of making the Rams actual roster. Even though he was the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year at Missouri, he had a poor senior, poor NFL Scouting Combine & just overall hasn’t been impressive in many workouts. But it’s apparent that he is a big time playmaker.

Michael Sam
Michael Sam from the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. Sam was drafted Saturday in the 7th round of the NFL Draft.

This may be the only story in sports that overshadowed the big story in the NFL Draft, which is Johnny Manziel going to the Cleveland Browns, & not having his biggest target to possibly not throw to this season in Josh Gordon. This coming season will be very different in the NFL for many reasons. The attention won’t always be on the usual suspects (Manning, Brady, Sherman, Kaepernick) but on young rookies who will be proving themselves for completely different reasons.

Manziel because he is a showman. Sam because he’s gay. Jadeveon Clowney because of the hype. Blake Bortles because of the skills & the hot girlfriend. Eric Ebron because of where he was picked in the draft for the Detroit Lions.

As usual, the NFL has us all ready for the next season right now. Enjoy the best reality show on television.

Round 4 – NFL Draft Picks

101Philadelphia EaglesJaylen WatkinsCBFlorida
102Washington RedskinsBashaud BreelandCBClemson
103Atlanta FalconsDevonta FeemanRBFlorida State
104New York JetsJalen SaundersWROklahoma
105New England PatriotsBryan StorkCFlorida State
106San Francisco 49ersBruce EllingtonWRSouth Carolina
107Oakland RaidersJustin EllisDTLouisiana Tech
108Seattle SeahawksCassius MarshDEUCLA
109Buffalo BillsRoss CockrellCBDuke
110St. Louis RamsMaurice AlexanderSUtah State
111Cincinnati BengalsRussell BodineCUNC
112Tennessee TitansDaquan JonesDTPenn State
113New York GiantsAndre WilliamsRBBoston College
114Jacksonville JaguarsAaron ColvinCBOklahoma
115New York JetsShaquelle EvansWRUCLA
116Oakland RaidersKeith McGillCBUtah
117Chicago BearsKa’Deem CareyRBArizona
118Pittsburgh SteelersMartavis BryantWRClemson
119Dallas CowboysAnthony HitchensOLBIowa
120Arizona CardinalsLogan ThomasQBVirginia Tech
121Green BayCarl BradfordOLBArizona State
122Tennessee TitansMarqueston HuffCBWyoming
123Seattle SeahawksKevin NorwoodWRAlabama
124Kansas City ChiefsDe’Anthony ThomasRBOregon
125Miami DolphinsWalt AikensCBLiberty
126New Orleans SaintsKhairi ForttOLBCalifornia
127Cleveland BrownsPierre DesirCBLindenwood
128Carolina PanthersTre BostonSUNC
129San Francisco 49ersDontae JohnsonCBNC State
130New EnglandJames WhiteRBWisconsin
131Chicago BearsBrock VereenSMinnesota
132Seattle SeahawksKevin Pierre-LouisOLBBoston College
133Detroit Lions (compensatory)Nevin LawsonCBUtah State
134Baltimore Ravens (compensatory)Brent UrbanDEVirginia
135Houston Texans (compensatory)Tom SavageQBPittsburgh
136Detroit Lions (compensatory)Larry WebsterDEBloomsburg
137New York Jets (compensatory)Dakota DozierOTFurman
138Baltimore Ravens (compensatory)Lorenzo TaliaferroRBCoastal Carolina
139Atlanta Falcons (compensatory)Prince ShemboOLBNotre Dame
140New England Patriots (compensatory)Cameron FlemingOTStanford

Round 5 – NFL Draft Picks

141Philadelphia EaglesTaylor HartDEOregon
142Washington RedskinsRyan GrantWRTulane
143Tampa Bay BuccaneersKadeem EdwardsOGTennessee
144Jacksonville JaguarsTelvin SmithILBFlorida State
145Minnesota VikingsDavid YankeyOGStanford
146Dallas CowboysDelvin StreetWRPittsburgh
147Atlanta FalconsRicardo AllenCBPurdue
148Carolina PanthersBené BenwikereCBSan Jose State
149Tampa Bay BuccaneersKevin PamphileOTPurdue
150San Francisco 49ersAaron LynchDESouth Florida
151Tennessee TitansAvery WilliamsomILBKentucky
152New York GiantsNat BerheSSSan Diego State
153Buffalo BillsCyril RichardsonOGBaylor
154New York JetsJeremiah GeorgeILBIowa State
155Miami DolphinsArthur LynchTEGeorgia
156Denver BroncosLamin BarrowOLBLSU
157Pittsburgh SteelersShaquille RichardsonCBArizona
158Detroit LionsCaraun ReidDTPrinceton
159Jacksonville JaguarsChris SmithDEArkansas
160Arizona CardinalsEd StinsonDEAlabama
161Green Bay PackersCorey LinsleyCOhio State
162Philadelphia EaglesEd ReynoldsFSStanford
163Kansas City ChiefsAaron MurrayQBGeorgia
164Cincinnati BengalsA.J. McCarronQBAlabama
165San Diego ChargersRyan CarrethersNTArkansas State
166Indianapolis ColtsJonathan NewsomeDEBall State
167New Orleans SaintsVinnie SunseriSSAlabama
168Atlanta FalconsMarquis SpruillILBSyracuse
169New Orleans SaintsRonald PowellOLBFlorida
170San Francisco 49ersKeith ReaserCBFlorida Atlantic
171Miami DolphinsJordan TrippOLBMontana
172Seattle SeahawksJimmy StatenDTMiddle Tennessee State
173Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory)Wesley JohnsonOTVanderbilt
174New York Giants (compensatory)Devon KennardOLBUSC
175Baltimore Ravens (compensatory)John UrschelOGPenn State
176Green Bay Packers (compensatory)Jared AbbrederisWRWisconsin

Round 6 – NFL Draft Picks

177Houston TexansJeoffrey PaganDEAlabama
178Tennessee TitansZach MettenbergerQBLSU
179New England PatriotsJon HalapioGFlorida
180San Francisco 49ersKenneth AckerCBSMU
181Houston TexansAlfred BlueRBLSU
182Minnesota VikingsAntone ExumCBVirginia Tech
183Chicago BearsDavid FalesQBSan Jose State
184Minnesota VikingsKendall JamesCBMaine
185Tampa Bay BuccaneersRobert HerronWRWyoming
186Washington RedskinsLache SeastrunkRBBaylor
187New York GiantsBennett JacksonCBNotre Dame
188St. Louis RamsE.J. GainesCBMissouri
189Detroit LionsT.J. JonesWRNotre Dame
190Miami DolphinsMatt HazelWRCoastal Carolina
191Chicago BearsPat O’DonnellPMiami
192Pittsburgh SteelersJordan ZumwaltILBUCLA
193Kansas City ChiefsZach FultonGTennessee
194Baltimore RavensKeith WenningQBBall State
195New York JetsBrandon DixonCBNorthwest Missouri State
196Arizona CardinalsWalt PowellWRMurray State
197Green Bay PackersDemetri GoodsonCBBaylor
198New England PatriotsZach MooreDEConcordia (MN)
199Seattle SeahawksGarrett ScottOLMarshall
200Kansas City ChiefsLaurent Tardif-DuvernayOTMcGill (Canada)
201San Diego ChargersMarion GriceRBArizona State
202New Orleans SaintsTavon RooksOTKansas State
203Indianapolis ColtsAndrew JacksonILBWestern Kentucky
204Carolina PanthersTyler GaffneyRBStanford
205Jacksonville JaguarsLuke BowankoCVirginia
206New England PatriotsJemea ThomasCBGeorgia Tech
207Denver BroncosMatthew ParadisCBoise State
208Seattle SeahawksEric PinkinsSSan Diego State
209New York JetsQuincy EnunwaWRNebraska
210New York JetsIK EnemkpaliDELouisiana Tech
211Houston TexansJay ProschFBAuburn
212Cincinnati BengalsMarquis FlowersOLBArizona
213New York JetsTajh BoydQBClemson
214St. Louis RamsGarrrett GilbertQBSMU
215Pittsburgh SteelersDaniel McCullersDTTennessee

Round 7 – NFL Draft Picks

216Houston TexansAndre HalCBVanderbilt
217Washington RedskinsTed BolserTEIndiana
218Baltimore RavensMike CampanaroWRWake Forest
219Oakland RaidersTravis CarrieCBOhio
220Minnesota VikingsShamar StephenDTConnecticut
221Buffalo BillsRandell JohnsonOLBFlorida Atlantic
222Jacksonville JaguarsStorm JohnsonRBCentral Florida
223Minnesota VikingsBrandon WattsOLBGeorgia Tech
224Philadelphia EaglesBeau AllenDTWisconsin
225Minnesota VikingsJabari PriceCBNorth Carolina
226St. Louis RamsMitchell Van DykOTPortland St.
227Seattle SeahawksKiero SmallRBArkansas
228Washington RedskinsZach HockerKArkansas
229Detroit LionsNate FreeseKBoston College
230Pittsburgh SteelersRob BlanchflowerTEMassachusetts
231Dallas CowboysBen GardnerDEStanford
232Indianapolis ColtsJohn UlrickOTGeorgia St.
233New York JetsTrevor ReillyOLBUtah
234Miami DolphinsTerrence FedeDEMarist
235Oakland RaidersShelby HarrisDEIllinois St.
236Green Bay PackersJeff JanisWRSaginaw Valley St.
237Buffalo BillsSeantrel HendersonOTMiami
238Dallas CowboysWill SmithOLBTexas Tech
239Cincinnati BengalsJames WrightWRLSU
240San Diego ChargersTevin ReeseWRBaylor
241St. Louis RamsC.B. BryantSOhio St.
242Denver BroncosCorey NelsonOLBOklahoma
243San Francisco 49ersKaleb RamseyDEBoston College
244New England PatriotsJeremy GallonWRMichigan
245San Francisco 49ersTrey MillardFBOklahoma
246Chicago BearsCharles Leno Jr.OTBoise St.
247Oakland RaidersJonathan DowlingSWestern Kentucky
248Dallas CowboysAhmad DixonSBaylor
249St. Louis RamsMichael SamDEMissouri
250St. Louis RamsDemetrius RhaneyCTennessee St.
251Dallas CowboysKen BishopDTNorthern Illinois
252Cincinnati BengalsLavelle WestbrooksCBGeorgia Southern
253Atlanta FalconsYawin SmallwoodOLBConnecticut
254Dallas CowboysTerrance MitchellCBOregon
255Atlanta FalconsTyler StarrOLBSouth Dakota
256Houston TexansLonnie BallentineSMemphis

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