Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) reacts after a play during the second half against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Rams Make History, Take Michael Sam in the 7th Round


Becoming the first openly gay football player to come out had to be a difficult thing to do for Missouri star and SEC defensive player of the year Michael Sam. Sliding down the draft, might have been even more difficult.

Back in 1946, the Rams also made history by becoming the first franchise to sign an African American to a franchise when they signed UCLA halfback Kenny Washington, this was one year before the Dodgers brought on Jackie Robinson.

Not a lot went on during the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but when the Rams took Sam, they made historical move and the crowd at Radio City Music Hall cheered for the Mizzou star.

“He’s a great player. He proved himself while he was in college.”-Robert Quinn

The Rams proved that it’s football that determines if you get drafted, not who you are. Sam fits more in a 3-4 system, but could work well as a weak side linebacker or defensive end in a 4-3. Gregg Williams will know how to use him and there is no doubt that the Rams got a good football player and a good pass rusher. Sam was the defensive player of the year in one of the toughest defensive conferences in college football, and will join one of the most ferocious defensive fronts on the NFL.

Also in the seventh round the Rams took offensive lineman Mitchell Van Dyk, safety C.B. Bryant, and center Demetrius Rhaney. The Rams looked for players who could add depth and possibly contribute on special teams.

The St. Louis Rams will start mini-camp on June 3rd.

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