This past week Missouri defensive end, Michael Sam, came out of the closet and will become the first openly gay player to play in the NFL. This leads to the question of what environment would he best fit in. You would think that a team with a strong upper management and a team thats on the up would be the best place for Sam. The Philadelphia Eagles, in my opinion, check both of those boxes. So would Michael Sam fit nicely in Philly?
The Eagles have a relatively young roster and in a situation like this you would think you’d want a team of veterans. On the flip side I suppose you could argue that a younger generation would be more accepting of new things. The team would be more concerned in Michael Sam’s performance than his sexual preference anyways.
Is Michael Sam needed on this Eagles defense? Well, the Eagles will most likely be looking to improve their defense this off-season, particularly in the draft. Recently, Micke Mayock, a draft analyst for the NFL Network was quoted as saying,
“I watched the tape and saw him at the Senior Bowl and have a pretty good feel for him, and my take is he’s a third- to fifth-round pick”
So could the Eagles be shopping for a defensive end in the third to fifth round? Maybe. If the Eagles feel Sam is the best available when their pick comes up i’m sure they’d grab him.
You would also think that owners and general managers may think that bringing Sam to their team would become too much of a circus. Similar to what happened to Tim Tebow. Just because of that aspect, NFL general managers will surely be turned off.
Whether the Birds draft Sam or not, I wish him luck and success in the NFL. It will surely be a tough road.