This is normally the time of year when I urge them to get Tebow. But I’ve given up on that. I think they should draft Sam for much the same reason I thought they should add Tebow: he gets attention. Well, that and he has an awesome football name. ‘Mike” traditionally designates middle linebacker, and “Sam” designates the strongside linebacker.
The press will be interested in the first season of the first openly gay NFL player. It’s something novel to report on, and so probably his games will get more coverage. This is exactly what Buffalo needs, as they generally are ignored except when they are playing [read: getting beaten by] New England.
Besides, I have a hunch that, in the wake of the Ritchie Incognito scandal, the league wants to prove its not a place filled by angry people who are intolerant of anyone who is different in any way. So, again, they’ll want to give more attention and more favorable marketing to the team that drafts him.
Now, it still wouldn’t be worthwhile if he played some position like wide receiver or running back, where there’s a lot of cheap talent to be had. But linebackers are valuable, and it can’t hurt to have depth at the position. Moreover, I suspect a lot of teams will miss out on him because they are worried he will be a “distraction”, meaning Buffalo may be able to get him for a lower draft pick than they otherwise would for a player of his talents.
He may not be first-round pick material. But he’s probably worth spending the second rounder on, if they are really worried some other team is trying to get him. At the least, I would say they should draft him before they draft any receivers or running backs.