I was watching Michael Sam in the combine.
Great job on the podium doing something that can’t be easy. However, BSP feels he might be the victim of unrealistic expectations to some degree. These expectations are likely created by — who else — the media.
When we hear someone is “first”, the media expects them to be above and beyond. Michael Sam is getting beyond sports media attention, making it seem like he’s a big time talented player. Even Sam would tell you he’s not the best player in the draft. Michael Sam was the co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year (along with C.J. Mosley); of course that’s going to generate attention. But for people like BSP, we know Sam wasn’t even the best defensive end in his conference; that honor goes to Jadevon Clowney, who will be picked in the top five.Clowney was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Sam wasn’t even the best end on his team; that’s Kony Ealy who will be a 1st day pick.
Whichever team gets Sam will get a core special teamer; he’ll be a situational pass rusher. While we put only a little stock in the combine, Sam has a slow 40 time for a linebacker and he’s not super agile or strong. He’s a definite NFLer but he’s not going to be ROY or a Pro Bowler. That’s okay. Do you know how many players don’t even get a shot at an NFL roster?
We’ve seen the media, though. I’m not sure if a team will have writers, sports talk media and national media complaining that Sam didn’t get enough opportunity. Yeah, not the team’s fault, not Sam’s fault but the fault of those who create unrealistic expectations of a mid to late round pick.