The Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets are the teams most interested in drafting Michael Sam, the Baltimore Sun reports. If drafted, Sam would be the first openly gay NFL player.
The NFL Draft will be held May 8-10 and has seven rounds. Depending on what analyst you read, Sam is projected to go anywhere from the third to seventh round. It's possible that teams other than the six listed by the Sun are interested in the University of Missouri defender. There are a lot of feints thrown about in the weeks leading up to the draft.
Both Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome and Coach John Harbaugh said their locker room would have no trouble welcoming Sam. Said Harbaugh:
"Any player that has the qualities to be a great player and a good teammate is a guy that fits us. We're really good at helping players, any player, become a part of our team. That goes to all the things that I think are happening in the NFL the last couple of months.
"Any player that has a good heart and wants to be a good teammate, who loves football, we're good at helping them become part of a team. And anything that deters from that or detracts from that is not what we're going to be about."
The reality is that any team drafting Sam would be a good fit, simply because they would be totally aware they are getting a player who will make history and command more attention than the average draftee. Any team leery of the media attention or potential for "distractions" will shy away.