Michael Sam gets his chance to show off his skills for scouts
Michael Sam killed it during his media session with reporters on Saturday. On Monday, he got his shot at the on-field workouts and if you could sum it up in one word, that word would be: meh.
Sam didn't do bad at all, but he was right in the middle of the pack. Sam ran a time of 4.91 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which is average. However, on the bench press, he was only able to lift 225 pounds 17 times, which isn't great. Here's another thing: Sam possesses defensive end skills, but has the frame of a linebacker, which puts his as a "tweener" prospect. And his production in Indianapolis doesn't put him as an ideal candidate for either position. Too slow for a linebacker and not strong and big enough (6-2, 261 pounds) as a defensive end.
Former NFL GM Phil Savage, tweeted out his instant analysis after Sam's workouts:
Again, not bad. However, South-Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Omar Kelly had a harsher take on the situation:
I know nobody is going to openly admit it, so let me take the bullet. Michael Sam looked HORRIBLE doing his combine drills. Sorry.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) February 24, 2014
Michael Sam is a small, unathletic 4-3 defensive end with one season of elite productivity. That makes his ceiling the 4th rd. Likely 6th.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) February 24, 2014
Now, what does this all mean? Not much, considering Sam lived up to what was expected from him at Combine. Most knew he had average speed and strength and that didn't change. It's not up to NFL teams to do further research and decided if Sam is a good fit for them. The rest of us will have to wait and see what happens on NFL Draft day in May.