Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) runs on the field before the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Missouri beat Oklahoma State 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

If Chargers Could Squash Te'o Frenzy... Michael Sam?


The talk around the league today is about Michael Sam coming out and revealing that he is gay. Sam is a defensive end out of Missouri that is entering the NFL draft and is a solid football player. He is projected to be drafted in the 3rd round of the draft. Some teams are going to be hesitant picking up Sam with this latest controversy. He is going to bring a lot of media around him and he may bring some division in the locker room.

What team would be able to handle that type of attention?

The San Diego Chargers made a controversial pick last season when they traded up to select Manti Te’o in the 2nd round of the draft. He was involved in that catfish deal and the media wanted to follow that story for a while. The team was good about limiting his interaction and they were able to squash any story that the media tried to make of it. Mike McCoy is tight lipped about anything that happens in the locker room and the players on the team does a good job of keeping quiet as well.

Would the Chargers want to make another move that will bring a media frenzy to the team? The Chargers do need pass rushers. Sam looks like he would be able to help the team out on that end. If it was all about football skill, the Chargers should be interested in picking up Sam in the draft. IF….

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  • Julien Bélair

    I say go for it! I wanted before and I still do. We have the locker room to do it

  • Rob Base

    I saw the he’s being compared to English. If that’s the case let another team have him. Don’t care about his personal life either Bolts just need a solid pass rusher.

    • arnie

      Agreed. However consider this, does he have the same “injury history” Larry had coming out of college? And who was Larry’s GM and HC? Sam is entering under different circumstances than Larry. But anything above 4th round is too high.

    • RussinSactown

      Given that English has spent more time injured than not, I’d say figure out how to let English go and get him

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      Physically, he’s about the same size as Shaun Phillips. If you have Ingram on one side and Sam on the other, it could end up like the Merriman/Phillips situation, where Phillips was freed up to get the sacks because Merriman was getting doubled.

      I’d like to get a look at his combine measurables before making any more comparisons though.

  • Pels04

    If hes the best pass rusher available then you take him. BUT like someone said on ESPN this morning, if there is Michael and another equal pass rusher i’d probably take the other guy just to avoid the media frenzy.

  • Sergio Quintero

    You probably can draft him in the 5th-6th round, because teams will drop him to avoid the media blitz this will cause, so you can get a 3rd-4th level player much later and that always is a good thing.

    The chargers are about 5-7 teams that make sense for this not to be a big deal, small media coverage, plenty of liberal fans, already handled the Te’o situation without incident.

    To the point, there is an opportunity to get value on a player, and I think the team, city and locker room can handle it, but still you probably should not chase the story and wait till the 5th round.

  • RussinSactown

    I would bring him in because he told his team who he was and then went out and balled out of his mind, taking SEC defensive honors. He has shown to be a football player first.

  • burt reynolds

    No way the chargers draft sam. Other article said he’s like larry english. Do we honestly want two players that have similar skill sets that both in actuality aren’t very good. Larry english probably also has better athleticism. The only reason he seemed good at all was because kony ealy.

  • Daryl Peek

    This is crazy because just two days ago I was reading up on him as he was mocked as a late second round pick for the BOLTS. His draft stock has already dropped.

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC and a first team All-American. He’s a little undersized for DE, but he could probably be moved to OLB.

    If the Chargers can get him in the third or fourth, they should.

  • blu3ny3llow

    Shit get em in the 3rd or 4th!!!

  • Gunnar Martin

    I thought he was being projected as a 4-3 end in the NFL… so for that reason alone I probably would avoid him. But if he can realistically play in our defense, then sure, take him where he has good value.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    ‘Why not take a chance on this manly specimen?!!! Two snaps in a circle!!!!”

  • tiiiiiiiiiiit11

    I think we’d have to break up Te’o and Sam from making out with each other between plays if he came to SD