MICHAEL SAM (Seventh-Round Pick, 249th Overall in 2014 NFL Draft)
One of the more controversial picks, Michael Sam finally heard his name called in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Everyone seemed to be pulling for Sam to make an impact as a pro football player.
Sam made headlines when he came out as gay, and became the first gay NFL player to ever be drafted. This was huge news for the league and a lot of people didn’t know how to handle it.
While I don’t think Sam coming out necessarily caused his stock to drop (his Combine was disappointing), it certainly became a hot topic of discussion around the league.
In the seventh round, Michael Sam became a member of the St. Louis Rams. According to The Washington Post, Sam’s jersey was the second-highest selling jersey behind Johnny Manziel (who was a first-round pick) and everyone seemed to be pulling for Sam to make an impact as a pro football player.
Unfortunately, Sam didn’t see a regular season snap in the NFL. The Rams cut him during the preseason and he didn’t end up doing much on the Cowboys’ practice squad.
Sam did try his luck in the CFL, but it didn’t appear to be what he really wanted. He’s been out of football since 2015.