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04/03/14 - Week 3 Pro Days takeaways: Michael Sam shows improvement...3. Since coming out on February 9, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam has become one of the biggest storylines of the 2014 draft. Nearly a month and a half later, the co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year also demonstrated that he is one of the most improved athletes since the Combine, shaving nearly a fifth of a second off of his 40-yard dash time and adding a full five inches to his vertical jump during Missouri's Pro Day. The numbers in themselves aren't necessarily eye-popping. After clocking in at 4.91-seconds in the all-important 40 in Indianapolis, Sam was timed at 4.73 seconds on March 20. His 30.5" vertical jump and 19 repetitions of 225 pounds despite weighing in two pounds heavier during the Pro Day, however, do serve as a testament to Sam's commitment. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/14 - Michael Sam, Kony Ealy improve 40 times at Missouri pro day...Sam and defensive end Kony Ealy, who had a strong session in Indianapolis highlighted by a three-cone drill result that matched the time of wriggly Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, shared the spotlight Thursday but it was Ealy who most impressed scouts. Sam was up two pounds -- to 263 -- from his combine weight, where he posted below-average results including a 4.91 40-yard dash, 26 1/2-inch vertical, 9-5 broad jump, 7.8 three-cone and 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He did 19 reps Thursday in the center of a considerable gallery of observers. Sam is currently projected as a mid-to late-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com, and the No. 183-ranked prospect overall. - The Sports Xchange
03/26/14 - Michael Sam, Kony Ealy improve 40 times at Missouri pro day...All 32 teams were accounted for at Missouri's pro day in Columbia on Thursday, when pass rusher Michael Sam got his chance at a redo of his disappointing workout at the Scouting Combine last month. After completing one 40-yard dash in an unofficial 4.73 seconds, Sam was sidelined from his second attempt by a right hamstring strain. He did go on to post a 30-inch vertical, a five-inch improvement from Indianapolis, and gutted his way through linebacker drills.
The 40 time is faster than he posted in Indianapolis (4.91) but leaves many questions unanswered for a player likely being evaluated as a niche pass rusher who would play only a part-time role in the NFL, in addition to special teams. The linebacker drills were the most important of the day for Sam as he attempts to show NFL teams running 3-4 base defenses that he's a potential stand-up pass rusher despite struggling with that transition at the Senior Bowl. Between the Senior Bowl and the combine, Sam announced he is gay, and he is expected to become the first openly gay male athlete to play in the NFL. - The Sports Xchange
02/27/14 - 2014 NFL COMBINE: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM INDIANAPOLIS: 9. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam entered the combine as one of its biggest stories. Considering the relative lack of athleticism he demonstrated during workouts, however, some will characterize him as one of the week's biggest disappointments. Sam acknowledged Monday that he was disappointed in his 25 1/2-inch vertical leap (nevermind his 4.91 40). We can understand why. In 2004, Miami (Fla.) nose tackle Vince Wilfork's vertical was 26 inches at his pro day. Wilfork, the behemoth Pro Bowl lineman for the New England Patriots, was 6-1, 329 during the pre-draft measurements (safe to say he might be up a few pounds, or 10). Last February, eventual No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher had a 28 1/2 vertical. A reminder -- he's 6-7, 302 and plays offensive tackle.
The vertical and broad jump were not impressive for Sam, nor were they as vital as position workouts. He was tight and stiff in the hips and ankles and kept his head down and chest up through linebacker drills. The workout proved what Sam showed at the Senior Bowl last month -- that his niche to begin his NFL career will be on special teams and as backup depth who might eventually get time in nickel pass-rushing situations. - The Sports Xchange
02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Combine: From 40 times to Fritos, 10 Bold Predictions: 2. Focus on Sam shifts back to field. Michael Sam's interview session with the media will generate more buzz than any player workout at the combine. Unfortunately, that includes Sam's work out, which, frankly, I don't expect to be that impressive. The 6-1 5/8, 260-pounder struggled at outside linebacker at the Senior Bowl, showing limited flexibility and agility. He'll be working out with defensive linemen at the combine, but I expect that his results in the 40, three cone drill and short shuttle are likely to place him very much in the middle-of-the-pack among this group. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com