It’s not surprising Sam fell so far. He was a “Tweener.” He had to prove himself physically at the Combine. He proceeded to have the sixth worst grade among the 268 players in attendance. “Consensus All-American” and “SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year” sound nice, but mean little moving forward. His fellow first-team All American DE Jackson Jeffcoat from Texas went undrafted.
Sam’s selection is obviously a huge relief for the NFL. Teams taking risks and fliers on all sorts in the seventh round and not selecting Sam would have been a terrible PR blow.
Here was Jeff Fisher waiting for the pick to be announced…
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