Although Sam's sexual orientation has been the topic of much news coverage, Marc Sessler, who covers the NFL for the league's own media outlets, wrote, "Players and coaches league-wide have talked about Sam's sexual orientation as a non-issue. The NFL is ready for this."
Sam is viewed as an up-tempo defender with good field vision and speed. He won the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year racking up 11.5 sacks as a defensive end but is expected to transition to outside linebacker as a pro. Earlier this week Sam signed an endorsement deal with Visa, one of dozens offered before the draft even began.
The Rams kick off their 2014 campaign at home against the Vikings on September 7th.