Sure it'll be a story, but I don't think it'll be a huge distraction. Here's another quote from that same story you quoted above.
Again, I'm not advocating that the Steelers draft Michael Sam. I'm saying that if a team has him ranked high enough to draft him, and then they don't take the guy because he's gay, it's incredibly shortsighted and weak."We actually became closer as a team probably because of it," said senior defensive lineman Brayden Burnett. "It's the same as if you get to better know a friend or a family member. You just have a feeling of closeness."
Last edited by steelsnis; 02-13-2014 at 10:37 AM.
He can say its no different but it is...how many other mid rounders were frontpage news last week? How many late rounders has the first lady given words of encouragement to last week?
His orientation, sexuality...whatever its called, is the only reasonwe are having this discussion right now.
Who had him in a mock on this board? All of a sudden people want him to prove they are tolerant or because they want the spotlight.
At 6'2 / 255 he's too short and small to be an NFL DE. He would best work as a 3-4 OLB. The issue is it's been widely reported that he struggled mightily at that position, with his hand off the ground, during Senior Bowl practices. It was not something that appeared to be a natural fit.
NFLDraftscout.com has him as the 110th overall prospect. 4th round. The question becomes - should the Steelers take a guy in the 4th who is guaranteed to be changing positions and has so far shown to be not adjusting well to the switch. Is it worth it to take a guy who almost certainly adds nothing but special teams play for the first season or two?
If coaches Butler and Porter see something in the kid and think they can accelerate the transition, then maybe he is worth a 4th or 5th round pick. If not, then everything else is a moot point.