Why is it so "shocking" that Michael Sam is projected as a 3rd-5th round pick? Why have you gone off on such a tangent? How much college football have you watched and how the heck did you decide he is the BEST defensive player? He is NOT the best defensive player available in the draft. No way. He is not even the best DE available. ESPN ranked him 13th at his position. He may not even be the best available DE out of Mizzou (are you forgetting Kony Ealy?) "Best defensive player" is way beyond "factually incorrect."
Have you even glanced at Scouts, Inc to see where Sam falls? Is he a better NFL prospect than Clowney or ND's Tuitt or (let's just go though some other names) Demarcus Lawrence, Bama's Pagan, Longhorn's Jeffcoat, James Gayle from VTech, Dee Ford, Kareem Martin, Ducks' Scott Chrichton and Marcus Smith? Michael Sam was projected as a 3rd-5th round pick before publicly stating his sexual orientation. Sam's 3rd-5th round projection is based on his size, his lack of skill against the run, and concerns about converting him to outside linebacker.
At 6' 1.5"/260 lbs., he is shorter than every DE ranked ahead of him. Sam's body is NOT that of a prototypical NFL Defensive End. His body type dictates he will be a hybrid -- an end/outside linebacker. Not exactly a perfect fit for many NFL systems. Can he learn and fit into a 3-4 scheme…who knows? Can he play every down in a 4-3 scheme…again who knows? These are all fair questions that NFL scouts have to consider. Ergo, he is lower on the NFL projection list. But Sam's NFL draft round projection has NOTHING to do with his being gay. If he drops to the 8th or 9th round, then you can post these nonsensical musings.
I have no idea why "gay" has entered into your monologue along with a list of players with criminal backgrounds and a mention of Jackie Robinson? What is the point? Are you simply wanting hits and.or attention? I mean -- come on -- even Michael Sam has asked that he be looked at as a football player NOT a gay football player. So can we just (for now) judge him on his average-above average skills and size? The guy has not yet proven to be an exceptional NFL prospect. He may turn into a great. He may also be a bust. "Gay" has nothing to do with his NFL Draft projection. Once again, I say, if he drops considerably -- into the lower rounds -- then such pontification and your pejorative tone regarding the NFL would be interesting fodder for debate. Not yet though. Please.