Missouri defensive end Michael Sam told The New York Times and ESPN he is gay, and the 2014 NFL Draft prospect, projected as a third round pick, has become the first openly gay player in the NFL. I read where Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout for the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens, told NFL.com that he believes Sam’s draft stock will not be adversely affected.
“In my eight years in draft rooms, the subject never came up. I would expect it would not have an impact on his draft status,” Jeremiah said. “In my experience with every team I was with, it was all about putting the best 53 players on the field. I don’t see why that would change here.”
Bill Scott, who covers the Green Bay Packers and has recently reported on gay rumors of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, weighs in on the subject.