Michael Sam came out of the closet to the world last night, and thus far some of the biggest detractors to that decision have been anonymous officials in NFL personnel offices. Giving a series of quotes to SI reporters Thayer Evans, Pete Thamel, and Peter King in two separate stories (here and here), the reaction ranged from “Should I really care?” to a GM that thought Sam wouldn’t get drafted now.
As Bleacher Report NFL Draft columnist Curt Popejoy discovered, the CBS draft prospect board reflected some of the harsher anonymous quotes, and whatever they were independently told, almost immediately:
Sam now sits at 160th and 14th at DE; while his shift was certainly drastic, it should be noted that others in CBS’ list of defensive ends shifted a bit, too. Chris Smith and Marcus Smith essentially shifted places from last night while Kareem Martin leapfrogged from their 119th-ranked prospect to Sam’s former spot at 90.
Still, no other players at that position had nearly the same rise or fall and it would be naive to believe Sam’s slide wasn’t pegged to the news.
Update: CBS now has Sam listed at no. 110, but did have him at no. 160 this morning: