Michael Sam had to wait until the seventh round to hear his name called at the NFL draft. (Ben Walton/SI)
On Day 3 of the 2014 NFL draft, history was made when the St. Louis Rams selected Missouri defensive end Michael Sam in the seventh round.
Sam will now begin his fight for a roster spot in St. Louis, but he will be doing so with a chip on his shoulder.
As far as Sam is concerned, his level of play and production warranted a selection in the first three rounds of this year's draft.
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“From last season alone, I should’ve been in the first three rounds. SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-American,” Sam said, via the Associated Press. “I knew I was going to get picked somewhere. Every team that passed me, I was thinking how I’m going to sack their quarterback.”
Of course, Sam's first big fight will be in rookie and training camp as he looks to find a spot on a very deep Rams' defensive line.