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:
Michael Sam/Mizzou 6020/261 ran 4.88/4.91 on my clock. Has athletic tightness as OLB, but looked better than @seniorbowl. 4-down value is ?— Phil Savage (@SeniorBowlPhil) February 24, 2014
Again, not bad. However, South-Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Omar Kelly had a harsher take on the situation: