The question I am most interested in is this: what team will be confident enough to manage the hoopla to draft him? Or as a former NFL player and tweeter extraordinaire, Dont'e Stallworth put it:
In my experience, if your organization can't "handle media coverage", they will suck on the field anyway... but hey, there's always 2015...Which team will draft Sam? He is an undersized defensive end, so it may be the case that he is not so desirable by many teams. So, the experiment here is not perfect--teams evaluate talent differently. Is it about his overall record or is it about controlling for a few outstanding games?
— Donte' Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) February 10, 2014
Still, teams with weak organizations will avoid Sam. Teams that lack confidence in their coach or in their players will avoid Sam. Teams that are run by homophobes will avoid Sam.
So, drafting Sam will signal that the team is confident and needs under-sized defensive ends (or has confidence in their ability to turn Sam into a linebacker).
We live in interesting times. The good news about this is that as someone remarked last night, the tables have turned--the homophobes have to watch what they say. Woot!