Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) runs on the field before the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Missouri beat Oklahoma State 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Should Consider DE Michael Sam


It is not everyday that a team is able to draft a consensus all-American, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-SEC selection defensive end in the mid-late rounds of the NFL draft, but questions regarding his size had originally put a damper on his NFL draft stock as he is only 6’2 and 260 pounds.

This week, Michael came out publicly to say that he is openly gay. If drafted, he would be the first openly gay player in the NFL. While that is quite a notable accomplishment, his sexuality is going to make it hard for him to transition into the NFL. NFL executives already have took him off their team’s board because they are afraid of how the locker room will respond to him being gay.

To that I say, get over it. NFL executives are mostly old white men raised up in an era where tolerance was not to be tolerated when it came to social issues against their own beliefs. NFL teams are filled with young, understanding individuals who have had to overcome many things to get to where they are.

If Michael Sam is going to “chemically imbalance the locker room” as one NFL executive has said, then why did he teammates in college not only not care, but also rallied around him and supported him in when he came out to them?

The head executives of teams need to realize that not all players have the mindset of themselves. Yes, many people in the locker room may use derogatory slurs that may offend gay people, but with the right head coach, he could expel that in the locker room.

Dennis Allen has always preached discipline in the locker room and does not tolerate any sort of hazing, in fact that was one of his first actions when accepting the head coach position was to ban hazing in the locker room. Reggie McKenzie highly esteems character just as much as ability, and he fills his locker room with good, high quality guys in terms of character that should not have a problem with having an openly gay player in the locker room.

Not to mention that pass rusher just so happens to be one of the Raider’s most pressing needs and the ability to use a late round (5th?) pick on a player coming off an 11.5 sack season is too good to pass up. Reggie and Dennis are firm believers in doing anything it takes to help this football team, and if that means drafting an openly gay football player, then they will do it.

Other teams draft talented, athletically gifted thugs that are terrible human beings solely because they can play football, and if any team passes on Michael only because he is gay, then they don’t deserve him.

There will be questions about his size, ability, and level of competition when evaluating him come draft day, but the reward is well worth the the risk. Move him to outside linebacker if needed, he is an inch taller and 50 pounds heavier than Sio Moore as it is, but cutting Kevin Burnett to save a couple million, and slotting him opposite of Moore has the potential to be a prolific combo for the coming years.

The Raiders are in prime position to benefit from the ignorance of other teams and executives, but if they let the fact that he likes different people than the typical man get in the way of helping rebuild their franchise, then they will miss out on a great opportunity and player.

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  • PJ

    A homosexual is not character that RM said he was looking for in his players. Thats a character flaw and something Alzado or Matuzak would have never supported. You got something else your trying to get off on Constantina!

  • Glenn

    He is or was, projected as a late second early third rounder. 5th? Sad.

  • Sebastian Cosentino

    The fact that you think being gay is a character flaw tells me that you are very ignorant and need to have a better mindset. Its not a character flaw in anyway, in fact i’d dare to say it helps him. I’ve never met a gay person who has any character issues and he’s had to overcome everything in his life to get where he is right now.

  • chase ruttig

    Editor’s Note: I believe we have had him in some third round mocks and I think he rates out anywhere from late second to the fourth round. Now 5th seems possible as a lot of personnel are simply looking for ways to rationalize dropping him down their boards.

  • ryan

    Homosexuality is not a flaw but ignorance is. Mote importantly he can help fill a need with out using a high pick

  • ryan

    Ignorance is a flaw not being gay. Who cares if he prefers men over women all that matters is that produces on the field

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    Raiderss should but DA is BIASED TOWARDS BLACK GAYS AS WELL AS BLACK QB’s.

  • Pridenpoise

    Somewhere a village is missing their idiot.

  • Rees Britton

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever read…you sir are a grade a moron!

  • Rees Britton

    Alzado and Matuzak are gone dips hit. Welcome to the rest of the world where we couldn’t careless about a persons sexual preference…. grown up!

  • Eric Kench

    This guy could be a weakside DE because of his size. If the Raiders miss out on Clowney or refuse to draft him than Michael Sam would be a good choice in the late rounds.

  • 757Raiderfan

    Calm down Kanye

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    Kane? I was expecting RICKYBOBBY, LOL.

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    Raiders say one thing & do another, like DA says TP gives the Raiders the best chance to win in the season finale vs Denver yet right after the game he says”the QB of the future may not be in the building?

    Believe in this inept GM/HC RN. Do so & regret it…

  • Crusader10

    would you be writing this article if he had not come out? Please, let’s take the players at their value. If he is a good prospect, then fine, someone will take him and get a good player. There are two things I would care about if I were drafting. 1.) Is he the best player for my team’s needs, and 2.) Is he likely to be a team player, or a troublemaker?

  • Crusader10

    If they do, then some team will have a steal, if he is that good.

  • Angel

    I heard it was a bet he lost on the SuperBowl. If Broncos lose, he had to tell everyone he was gay. Rumor???

  • Jordan Holliday

    Would you have wrote this article 3 days ago before the guy came out? Does every team beat writer put a story out about how this “gay” guy can fit in there defensive schemes. This dude is projected to be a 3rd-5th round pick, is anyone else being talked about as a 3rd to 5th pick??? No. Just because this guy is in the news for a non football related reason shouldn’t raise his draft stock up, or give him more publicity for being a “better” defensive player. Stop shoving the gay agenda down the throats of people who don’t care. Damn.

  • Jordan Holliday

    man, if you find my comment, its up the same alley. Preach!

  • Sebastian Cosentino

    The fact that he came out changes his draft outcome a lot. The article, if you read it, basically just advocates to consider him even though he came out. Reggie thinks the same way as he said on Monday that the team would evaluate him solely on his football skills. 1) Yes he is for when you can get him. 2) He’s not a troublemaker, watch his interview.

  • Sebastian Cosentino

    A) His draft stock fell. Considerably. B) Did you read the article but it was not about how he fits into the defensive schemes. It was about how despite his coming out, McKenzie should consider him in the later rounds because he fills a need and provides great value in the later rounds. And if you don’t care, then don’t read the article. But you opened it, so obviously you care.

  • Eric Newton

    Teams have to be careful in their selection process nowadays. .. selecting an openly gay player IS A BIG DEAL. .. Would it be a problem for some guys to shower with him. .YES!!! Would it be a problem if he was to pat some guys on the butt after a good play. ..YES!!! and more importantly I don’t think a lot of players would make their true feelings know because the media would make them or to be bad guys. ..But they weren’t raised to except that type of life style within their circles. .. It goes against everything they were raised to believe and accept. .. And until homosexuality is not as big a deal anymore teams that are trying to find themselves and become relevant in the NFL BETTER BE CAREFUL selecting a openly gay player. ..And with that being said. .. I’m sure he will make a great addition wherever he goes. ..

  • Jordan Holliday

    Is that why every team page has a article about how he would fit on the team? You are a idiot, and obviously I didn’t read this. I read your misleading title to this article, that came in MY email. That’s why I commented on this article, bitch tits

  • Jordan Holliday

    I like how people comment on this and the writer (who is obviously sensitive) replies to every comment that goes against what he thinks. Sebastian, If you are going to write articles, you need to know that people aren’t going to agree. Get over it.

  • Sebastian Cosentino

    So you didn’t read the article…yet you’re criticizing it….okay.

  • Sebastian Cosentino

    Agree with what? You admitted to not even reading the article. Its about how him being gay shouldn’t effect then drafting him.

  • Hayekian

    First off, I have zero problems with gay NFL players if they can play! Second, name 1 proposed draft that had him as a 2nd rounder! He was projected from late round 4 to round 7 by most teams. He is not very good. 9 of his sacks came against 3 weak teams. 6’2′ 255lb linebackers who run 4.8 40′s. You had zero interest in drafting him and never even mentioned “the SEC Defensive Player of the Year” UNTIL he came out.

  • Hayekian

    What is the basis for your statement that : “His draft stock fell. Considerably?”

  • Sebastian Cosentino

    The basis is that several NFl executives have taken him off their board and one even said that it dropped him 70 picks. That basis.

  • Trevor

    Obviously you can’t write an article about the first openly gay NFL player potentially being drafted if there isnt one… So, that a dumb question…. Would you be commenting on this article had he not came out?
    It’s clear you don’t know much about football because he is a highly touted prospect and was written about plenty before he came out… Maybe you should educate yourself on his play before making judgements…

  • Trevor

    Uhm… You are mistaken…. VERY mistaken. He was the subject of CONSTANT articles and debate for awhile now. Leading into and after the senior bowl especially as they tried him out at outside LB … Also he was SEC defensive player of the year before he came out as well…
    The editor was saying he grades out as a late 2nd-4th round… Doesn’t sound like you’re familiar with the draft/scout process but their grade has nothing to do with “mock drafts”

  • Crusader10

    Trevor, I have been following this, and other blogs for years, so your charge is baseless. You attack me with your suppositions and know NOTHING about what i know or don’t know. Your response is typical knee jerk. The point is, there was very little written on this guy before. His orientation may be an issue in a locker room, but his job is, and will be, tackling other players. His success in that area will be the sole determiner of whether he is a good player. His orientation should be his own business and not everyone else’s. As for if I would be commenting if he had not come out, the answer is no, because there would be nothing to comment on. I am not commenting on his playing ability, but to the rush to make a big deal out of his orientation.

  • Crusader10

    Sebastien, we dont’ know where he will be drafted, so we can’t say yes to that yet. For the Raiders, Sio Moore was a good value, and Tyler Wilson was not. For Sam to be a good value, he would have to show himself worthy of the spot where he is picked. I did not intend to imply that Sam was a troublemaker. That was a blanket statement for any draft pick; Does he best help the team and not detract from it is the question for any draft pick.

  • Trevor

    Well you’re wrong… STILL… If you actually looked instead of jumping to conclusions you would find PLENTY written about him BEFORE he came out. Which was my point. II actually do know what you dont know as youre obviously very misinformed/uneducated on micheal sam. Also, you’re right it SHOULD be his own business, but unfortunately in the NFL (and our society as a whole) it doesn’t get to be. People make a fuss over it, sad as that is. So … To protect his friends, family, future team, and teammates he decided to do something NO other player has ever had the balls to do and announced his sexuality exposing himself to ridicule andand quite possibly costing him lots of money in the process.. He is not the one making a fuss over his orientation. He simply did not hide the fact he is gay… And why should he have too? Think about this, if he hadnt came out, hidden it, got drafted , and lived his normal life. Someone would see him , in his personal life, with a man (maybe a date, maybe his bf) and it would be even a BIGGER more insane story. He did the right thing and should be proud

  • Trevor

    To say “homosexuality goes against everything they were raised to believe” is ridiculous first off… But let’s say people are raised to hate homosexuals… Does that make it right?? Not too long ago in our country LOTS of people were(and sadly are) raised to hate blacks… Yet its pretty commonly thought of as that being wrong. Hating gays is just as ludicruis. And please do not quote the bible… Because the bible also says to stone people to death and kill slaves… Not too mention mixing two types of fabric and LOADS of insane rituals that really have nothing to do with god and much more to do with politics and controlling people.
    Also, if people have “problems showering” that’s just ignorant . not too mention all your points were already disproven seeing how he just played college football in the SAME environment and had NONE of the issues you describe… The only thing making this a story is peoples straight ignorance and being intollerent to a group of people. Plain and simple

  • Trevor

    So… You are trying to say its not okay to have a discussion if it involves a difference in opinion?

  • Crusader10

    I have read PLENTY of blogs and mock drafts and have seen
    almost NOTHING of Michael Sam before he came out. Personally, I don’t care if
    he is straight, gay, or attracted to French poodles. My philosophy is that the best possible player
    should be taken, of course with thought given to the position the team needs,
    in which case a team that needs a running back would draft a good one, even if
    he is a lesser player, and his impact in the locker room.

    I also have said nothing about Sam coming out, but
    questioned why it should be a big story. Ditto for Tim Tebow and his faith.
    (BTW, speaking of best available players, look at the list of QBs on NFL
    rosters last year and tell me that Tebow
    wasn’t better than at least a few of them. )

    My point is that this should not be a story at all. The
    focus should be on the two things I mentioned: 1.) Is he the best player
    available for the needs of the team, and 2.) Will he be a positive or a
    negative in the locker room. So far, I have not seen any complaints from his
    college coaches or teammates ( Unlike Clowney, whose motivation was questioned,
    or someone like Incognito). That said,
    if I were a GM, and Sam best fit my team’s needs, I would choose him.

  • Trevor

    The reason it is a story is because our country is full of bigotry and hate… Its sad but its the truth… There is always a group being discriminated against whether it be women, native Americans, Chinese, African American, etc… Homosexuals are the new “it” group being discriminated against. This is a story for the same reason the media had a field day when Jackie Robinson was called on by the dodgers.
    As far as Michael Sam’s media exposure previously he was a very talked about player since he was SEC defensive player of the year which is a HUGE honor seeing as how the SEC is widely regarded as college footballs best conference especially on defense. He was a huge story during the sr bowl as well.. I can provide links if you’d like .. But a simple Google search would provide you with plenty of “pre-coming out” articles …

  • Crusader10

    I now see that there are some. Mostly, he was discussed as a mid round player. and very few mid round players get very much publicity.
    Yes, there are plenty of groups, and I did mention Tebow before. He took a lot of criticism for his beliefs and I have to believe that, and of course the media circus that surrounded him, played a part in his not being on a roster. When I looked at some of the people who were, I have to believe he was better than a lot of them.

  • Eric Newton

    I never said the word HATE so let’s get that straight 1st… And there are a lot of people that don’t like associating with someone openly gay. … People have a right to like or dislike whom ever they please. .. Your not going to get honest answers from the majority of players and owners on this subject because of there is anything that can be construed as anti gay the media jumps all over it….I never said the guy wasn’t a good football player. .. There are a lot of Good football players in the NFL.. But there is still the question. . HOW MANY PLAYERS WOULD HAVE A PROBLEM WITH HIM SHOWERING WITH THEM. .. HOW MANY PLAYERS WOULD BE AFFECTED IN A NEGATIVE WAY. .. These are legit questions that an organization will have to deal with. … And you know what? ??? Some organizations would benefit having himplay for them… While others may not. .. Having said that. . Your opinion is your opinion. .. But when your dealing with more than yourself respect that others have opinions as well….

  • Trevor

    I answered the questions in the first comment… U reasking in all caps won’t get another answer… His teammates in Missouri were aware of his sexual preference and had no qualms in the locker room with him…
    Also I didn’t say anything disrespectful nor did I claim or otherwise imply you used the word “hate” … Yes people can choose to have their own opinions I never said otherwise. Yes. People have the right to feel however they’d like just as micheal Sam has a right to be who he is and be as openly free as he wants. If others have issue with it then that’s their perogotive and it should in no way affect his NFL career.

  • Trevor

    I honestly can’t begin to understand how him being in the NFL could possibly “affect them negatively”… From all accounts he’s been a player and person of outstanding character. He has excelled in his sport even winning SEC defensive player of the year which is a VERY prestigious award in college football.

  • Eric Newton

    Really. .. HOW do you know all of his team mates liked him. .??? You wasn’t there. .. That’s ignorant. .. And your way off course. ..If someone said that they didn’t like him on t.v. The media would eat it up. ..Im not hating on him but I am keeping it real. … I’m gonna finish this by saying. .. You may not have a problem with something. .. But that doesn’t mean other people don’t have a problem with it. .. And when your a organization such as an NFL team…. You have to be careful of who and how you Draft players…

  • pjmokate

    Sounds like someone is using this blog as an ignorant attempt of coming out of the closet. Homosexuality is a sin, period. That’s why in 2014 there are still issues over it!