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2014-05-17 05:08:11 AM  
Yes, Mr. Whitlock, Michael Sam is doing all of the things you said. He is writing, filming, producing, editing, and starring in the documentary series about his story. Mr. Sam is also wholly responsible for the merchandise being sold on his website, as he sews and prints each shirt by hand, handles each sale manually, and even ships each product personally!

So I can fully agree, with all that in mind, that Mr. Whitlock is fully justified in his concern that Michael Sam isn't paying enough attention to football and football-related activities. Sam absolutely does not have other people working on his website, taking care of the documentary, or doing anything else for him, just like every other NFL player.

/Go RAMS!
 
2014-05-17 09:12:02 AM  
Apparently this story got linked on the Drudge Report and the comments are a full-derp zone.

Homophobic idiocy inspired by a site run by a guy who's probably done far freakier gay stuff than Sams ever has.
 
2014-05-17 09:43:07 AM  
The more I hear people whine about Whitlock, the more inclined I am to at least listen to what he says.
 
2014-05-17 09:57:38 AM  
I'm sure he called for Oher to be banished from the league before he played a game as well
 
2014-05-17 11:01:28 AM  
Jason Whitlock?  He's no better than most of the other sportswriters out there.  Content driven by click count, not intelligence.
 
2014-05-17 11:11:23 AM  
Lemme guess:

He's a distraction
He's taking away the focus on the game
He's a successful and attractive young black man who happens to be gay and your old wrinkled white pee pee tingles when you see him kissing another man.

Can't come out and say you don't like them homoqueers so you gotta make up the same recycled bullshiat that's been used to argue including group x in activity y since the dawn of time.
 
2014-05-17 11:13:37 AM  
Huh. Jason Whitlock thinks a black, gay football player isn't intelligent enough not to be duped by nefarious 'handlers'.

That's interesting.
 
2014-05-17 11:19:30 AM  
Apparently assuming this was a "concerned" old white sports journalist was mistaken.

Whatever. fark that guy anyway
 
2014-05-17 11:20:23 AM  
He's the first openly gay male player to be DRAFTED in any of the 4 major sports. That's pretty historic in both the sports and gay communities. ESPN is just pissed that Oprah beat them to the documentary.

He is a 7th round pick in a very homophobic industry. He playing days very well could be limited. Heaven forbid he tries to make a few extra bucks rather than set himself up for life on that massive rookie 7th round contract.

Whitlock is an idiot.
 
2014-05-17 11:29:55 AM  

Doktor_Zhivago: Apparently assuming this was a "concerned" old white sports journalist was mistaken.

Whatever. fark that guy anyway


At least you got to talk about Whitlocks penis. Youve accomplished that today
 
2014-05-17 11:30:00 AM  
Jason Whitlock voicing the house n----- perspective? You don't say.
 
2014-05-17 11:32:52 AM  
Didn't Jason Whitlock have a boner for Jeff George for the longest time? This article goes way beyond creepy.
http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/still-idolizing-jeff-george-after -a ll-these-years-080510

He makes Peter King's crush on Brett Farve look almost appropriate.
 
2014-05-17 11:35:31 AM  
After consulting the Rams, Michael Sam's documentary has been put on hold. Publicly the Rams had no problem with it. Privately I think they said something else, because now it's off. I guess Jason Whitlock was right. The documentary was a bad idea.
 
2014-05-17 11:35:38 AM  
He probably should have ran the documentary by the Rams before he signed up to do it. Other than that lets see him in training camp and a preseason game before you cut him hmmmkay?
 
2014-05-17 11:41:33 AM  
I would like to preface my comment by stating that I can't stand Whitlock, and I fully support Sam and wish him all the best.

Having said that, Whitlock has a point.  I don't mean about cutting him, but about comparing his pre-draft talk and what has happened the past week.  Fortunately I don't have access to ESPN and all that crap 24/7 so I'm sure I'm missing something.
 
2014-05-17 11:47:25 AM  
You all realize the only reason anybody's paying attention to a 7th-round pick is because he's gay, right?  I thought we weren't supposed to care about that stuff these days?  He should be treated like any other 7th round pick who probably doesn't have a shot in hell of making the team.  That is to say, ignored unless/until he has a great camp and makes the team.  Being gay in no way makes him special as a football player.  What I wanna see is what happens if/when he gets cut.  Will that be a media circus with all the headlines being along the lines of "RAMS CUT GAY PLAYER"?  Or will it be be ignored like all the other 7th-round draft picks who get cut from their respective teams this year?  My money would be on the former.  Time will tell.  It always does.  Anyway, I thinks he's smart to have other projects on the back burners being that it's unlikely he'll be playing pro-ball come September.  And NOT because he's gay.  Because he's a friggin' 7th round draft pick.

/don't care about anyone's sexual preference
//don't understand why some people want me to
///won't be surprised if certain farkers 'see' homophobia in this post
 
2014-05-17 11:47:48 AM  

mikaloyd: Doktor_Zhivago: Apparently assuming this was a "concerned" old white sports journalist was mistaken.

Whatever. fark that guy anyway

At least you got to talk about Whitlocks penis. Youve accomplished that today


I'm sure it still tingles and he has to make up reasons to rage to hide his shame
 
2014-05-17 11:53:52 AM  

Doktor_Zhivago: Apparently assuming this was a "concerned" old white sports journalist was mistaken.

Whatever. fark that guy anyway


He must not have gotten the memo from Obama that black people are supposed to be tolerant of the gheys now.
 
2014-05-17 11:55:41 AM  

dikkcor28: I would like to preface my comment by stating that I can't stand Whitlock, and I fully support Sam and wish him all the best.

Having said that, Whitlock has a point.  I don't mean about cutting him, but about comparing his pre-draft talk and what has happened the past week.  Fortunately I don't have access to ESPN and all that crap 24/7 so I'm sure I'm missing something.


Let's also remember that the only way that documentary/series is in any way interesting is if there's any discrimination toward him because of his sexuality.

So if the Rams do a good job and aren't offensive, there's no show to be had. If they don't, they get to catch hell on behalf of everyone else. That's a sh*tty position to put the organization in.
 
2014-05-17 12:00:49 PM  

Pentaxian: Didn't Jason Whitlock have a boner for Jeff George for the longest time? This article goes way beyond creepy.
http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/still-idolizing-jeff-george-after -a ll-these-years-080510

He makes Peter King's crush on Brett Farve look almost appropriate.


He went to Ball State with George and is still friends with the guy, IIRC.
 
2014-05-17 12:03:16 PM  
Let's face it. He wouldn't have even been drafted if he wasn't gay and willing to do these kinds of things. The Rams themselves made an announcement after drafting him about how they "couldn't pass up the opportunity to be part of this historic moment". They didn't say that because of his football ability. The NFL would have been wise to pass on this particular train and wait for one whose athletic ability would allow him to make a team on his own merits.
 
2014-05-17 12:10:53 PM  

Pentaxian: Didn't Jason Whitlock have a boner for Jeff George for the longest time? This article goes way beyond creepy.
http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/still-idolizing-jeff-george-after -a ll-these-years-080510

He makes Peter King's crush on Brett Farve look almost appropriate.



He and George played together in High School. He rode George's jock...and right arm, to two state championships and a college playing career.
 
2014-05-17 12:12:54 PM  

dikkcor28: I would like to preface my comment by stating that I can't stand Whitlock, and I fully support Sam and wish him all the best.

Having said that, Whitlock has a point.  I don't mean about cutting him, but about comparing his pre-draft talk and what has happened the past week.  Fortunately I don't have access to ESPN and all that crap 24/7 so I'm sure I'm missing something.


I agree. During Sam's announcement, he made clear that he wanted the focus on him to be solely as a football player. He can't say that and then now say yes to all of this other stuff before he's even gotten to his first training camp.

I'm starting to think that after his combine performance and how his draft stock dropped, his agents and other people around him started pushing the idea that he may not have much of a NFL career ahead of him and to go ahead and try to make his money throughout this process. The first thought I had when I saw the video of him wearing the pink shirt and kissing his boyfriend was how the moment was packaged for the talk show circuit. Either way it'll be interesting to see how he handles this process over the next few months.
 
2014-05-17 12:14:00 PM  
Yeah, and in 1948 people were criticizing the Brooklyn Dodgers for signing Jackie Robinson because he was going to be a distraction to the rest of the team too.
 
2014-05-17 12:33:33 PM  
Sam is not completely worthless as an NFL player.  He has potential to be a substitute package 3-4 OLB or a run package 4-3 DE.

Take a look at your typical NFC West 3-4 setup:

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In the 49ers scheme, Ahmad Brooks is the OLB up at the top - the run-side LB.  Aldon Smith, the other OLB at the bottom, is the edge rush LB.  Brooks' position is normally responsible for the flat, the slot WR if he pulls a hook or a drag (but releases to the safety if the WR goes deep).  That LB is also responsible for covering an outside run.

You can't coach speed, and that's Sam's biggest drawback.  You can coach coverage awareness and lane discipline, which would allow for Sam to sub in for, say, Alec Ogletree.

SB Nation had an excellent article the other day on Bruce Irvin, the LB from West Virginia the Seahawks drafted in 2012.  Irvin obviously had better speed and strength, hence why he was drafted in the first round, but he was undersized.  He was a JUCO player who played in a 3-3-5 at WVU, and despite the fact that he was undersized, he's become a "tweener" who plays some DE and some LB.  Irvin is a better fit as a QB spy against mobile, zone-read QBs like Kapernick and RG3, something Sam would need a lot of development at.

Bottom line, Sam is not a terrible pick for the 7th round, though he will likely need a year on the practice squad if he's going to develop enough to be on the gameday roster.  As for the "distractions", as Darth Hoodie would say, "it is what it is."
 
2014-05-17 12:33:39 PM  

browser_snake: Let's face it. He wouldn't have even been drafted if he wasn't gay and willing to do these kinds of things. The Rams themselves made an announcement after drafting him about how they "couldn't pass up the opportunity to be part of this historic moment". They didn't say that because of his football ability. The NFL would have been wise to pass on this particular train and wait for one whose athletic ability would allow him to make a team on his own merits.


Considering Sam was expected to go in the fourth or fifth round before he made his announcement and his unfortunate performance in the combine, saying he was drafted AT ALL because of his sexuality is a little disingenuous.
 
2014-05-17 12:35:43 PM  

AllYourFarkAreBelongToMe: You all realize the only reason anybody's paying attention to a 7th-round pick is because he's gay, right?  I thought we weren't supposed to care about that stuff these days?  He should be treated like any other 7th round pick who probably doesn't have a shot in hell of making the team.  That is to say, ignored unless/until he has a great camp and makes the team.  Being gay in no way makes him special as a football player.  What I wanna see is what happens if/when he gets cut.  Will that be a media circus with all the headlines being along the lines of "RAMS CUT GAY PLAYER"?  Or will it be be ignored like all the other 7th-round draft picks who get cut from their respective teams this year?  My money would be on the former.  Time will tell.  It always does.  Anyway, I thinks he's smart to have other projects on the back burners being that it's unlikely he'll be playing pro-ball come September.  And NOT because he's gay.  Because he's a friggin' 7th round draft pick.

/don't care about anyone's sexual preference
//don't understand why some people want me to
///won't be surprised if certain farkers 'see' homophobia in this post


Yes, and:

If we were all good people, we could live in perfect rhythm.
If worms had daggers, birds wouldn't fark with 'em.
 
2014-05-17 12:47:17 PM  

jake_lex: Yeah, and in 1948 people were criticizing the Brooklyn Dodgers for signing Jackie Robinson because he was going to be a distraction to the rest of the team too.


Yeah, and in 1948 the population was less than half of what it is today.  Robinson wasn't going around saying he just wants to make the team and not be known as the black guy all the while having a deal with BET to make a documentary about his process and kissing a white woman on national television *gasp*.  There was no twitter facebook internet mass media, just some newspapers and radios.  That's not even apples to oranges, more like watermelons to pork chops.

/Totes not racist, just hate the race card(s)
 
2014-05-17 12:52:15 PM  
Why don't you STFU subby. You really think you can speak for everyone else?
 
2014-05-17 12:52:16 PM  

jake_lex: Apparently this story got linked on the Drudge Report and the comments are a full-derp zone.

Homophobic idiocy inspired by a site run by a guy who's probably done far freakier gay stuff than Sams ever has.


I think most of those are trolling or 4chan thinking they are funny, I saw shiat on reddit earlier about how they are 'spicing' up the comments sections.

And he very well may get cut but it is in poor taste to want the attention.
 
2014-05-17 12:56:53 PM  

AllYourFarkAreBelongToMe: You all realize the only reason anybody's paying attention to a 7th-round pick is because he's gay, right?  I thought we weren't supposed to care about that stuff these days?  He should be treated like any other 7th round pick who probably doesn't have a shot in hell of making the team.  That is to say, ignored unless/until he has a great camp and makes the team.  Being gay in no way makes him special as a football player.  What I wanna see is what happens if/when he gets cut.  Will that be a media circus with all the headlines being along the lines of "RAMS CUT GAY PLAYER"?  Or will it be be ignored like all the other 7th-round draft picks who get cut from their respective teams this year?  My money would be on the former.  Time will tell.  It always does.  Anyway, I thinks he's smart to have other projects on the back burners being that it's unlikely he'll be playing pro-ball come September.  And NOT because he's gay.  Because he's a friggin' 7th round draft pick.

/don't care about anyone's sexual preference
//don't understand why some people want me to
///won't be surprised if certain farkers 'see' homophobia in this post


No,

Sam gets attention because he is one hell of a football player.

The only reason he wasn't a 1st round pick was because he was gay.
 
2014-05-17 12:57:32 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Sam is not completely worthless as an NFL player. He has potential to be a substitute package 3-4 OLB or a run package 4-3 DE.


Hes not remotely fast enough to play in those positions, he could hide that in college with the monster player coming off the other side but in the NFL your weaknesses get exposed which is why teeblow aint playing no more.
 
2014-05-17 12:59:02 PM  

Rozotorical: AllYourFarkAreBelongToMe: You all realize the only reason anybody's paying attention to a 7th-round pick is because he's gay, right?  I thought we weren't supposed to care about that stuff these days?  He should be treated like any other 7th round pick who probably doesn't have a shot in hell of making the team.  That is to say, ignored unless/until he has a great camp and makes the team.  Being gay in no way makes him special as a football player.  What I wanna see is what happens if/when he gets cut.  Will that be a media circus with all the headlines being along the lines of "RAMS CUT GAY PLAYER"?  Or will it be be ignored like all the other 7th-round draft picks who get cut from their respective teams this year?  My money would be on the former.  Time will tell.  It always does.  Anyway, I thinks he's smart to have other projects on the back burners being that it's unlikely he'll be playing pro-ball come September.  And NOT because he's gay.  Because he's a friggin' 7th round draft pick.

/don't care about anyone's sexual preference
//don't understand why some people want me to
///won't be surprised if certain farkers 'see' homophobia in this post

No,

Sam gets attention because he is one hell of a football player.

The only reason he wasn't a 1st round pick was because he was gay.


I should also point out the only reason you are outraged by the attention he is getting is because he is gay.

Sam had 31 Solo Tackles with 19 for a loss and 11.5 sacks

There are exactly 30 teams in the NFL who need what he brings to the table.
 
2014-05-17 12:59:31 PM  

SilentStrider: The more I hear people whine about Whitlock, the more inclined I am to at least listen to what he says.


Guess what, he's right.  If Michael Sam wanted it to be about football, he (or, more likely, his agent) don't a) keep quiet about the OWN deal and b) don't sign it.

Sam contradicted himself there.
 
2014-05-17 12:59:55 PM  

Rozotorical: No,

Sam gets attention because he is one hell of a football player.

The only reason he wasn't a 1st round pick was because he was gay.


Im gonna assume you are trolling but even before he announced he was gay most teams didnt have him projected above the 5th round at best, he played opposite a player who got double and triple teamed so he got single assignments which helped his stats.

People ignore the fact hes just not good enough for the NFL, it happens.
 
2014-05-17 01:00:40 PM  
I think the OWN documentary is a pretty dumb idea, but cutting Michael Sam before the end of rookie mini-camp, let alone preseason training camp is a 100x worse idea.
 
2014-05-17 01:02:34 PM  

Rozotorical: AllYourFarkAreBelongToMe: You all realize the only reason anybody's paying attention to a 7th-round pick is because he's gay, right?  I thought we weren't supposed to care about that stuff these days?  He should be treated like any other 7th round pick who probably doesn't have a shot in hell of making the team.  That is to say, ignored unless/until he has a great camp and makes the team.  Being gay in no way makes him special as a football player.  What I wanna see is what happens if/when he gets cut.  Will that be a media circus with all the headlines being along the lines of "RAMS CUT GAY PLAYER"?  Or will it be be ignored like all the other 7th-round draft picks who get cut from their respective teams this year?  My money would be on the former.  Time will tell.  It always does.  Anyway, I thinks he's smart to have other projects on the back burners being that it's unlikely he'll be playing pro-ball come September.  And NOT because he's gay.  Because he's a friggin' 7th round draft pick.

/don't care about anyone's sexual preference
//don't understand why some people want me to
///won't be surprised if certain farkers 'see' homophobia in this post

No,

Sam gets attention because he is one hell of a football player.

The only reason he wasn't a 1st round pick was because he was gay.


Totes the only reason bro. You know lots about football I can tell.
 
2014-05-17 01:06:34 PM  

Rwa2play: SilentStrider: The more I hear people whine about Whitlock, the more inclined I am to at least listen to what he says.

Guess what, he's right.  If Michael Sam wanted it to be about football, he (or, more likely, his agent) don't a) keep quiet about the OWN deal and b) don't sign it.

Sam contradicted himself there.


Yes because a professional should never have a personal life or any interests out side of their profession.  He should just be happy and owned by his employer and give up this whole being gay thing, settle down and start going to strip cubs like a good NFL player.
 
2014-05-17 01:07:34 PM  

steamingpile: Rozotorical: No,

Sam gets attention because he is one hell of a football player.

The only reason he wasn't a 1st round pick was because he was gay.

Im gonna assume you are trolling but even before he announced he was gay most teams didnt have him projected above the 5th round at best, he played opposite a player who got double and triple teamed so he got single assignments which helped his stats.

People ignore the fact hes just not good enough for the NFL, it happens.


Steamingpile, thank you for validating my world view.
 
Oak
2014-05-17 01:13:32 PM  

steamingpile: Rozotorical: No,

Sam gets attention because he is one hell of a football player.

The only reason he wasn't a 1st round pick was because he was gay.

Im gonna assume you are trolling but even before he announced he was gay most teams didnt have him projected above the 5th round at best, he played opposite a player who got double and triple teamed so he got single assignments which helped his stats.

People ignore the fact hes just not good enough for the NFL, it happens.


The truth is in between.  There are plenty of guys in the NFL with Sam's measurables; not many of them are starters, but they're there.  He was an SEC Defensive Player of the Year winner, and the past winners of that award have a pretty good record in the NFL.  There's really no reason to think he'll be a star or unable to make a roster.  His being gay is not a reason to think either of those things.

/He did test awful slow for his position at the combine, though
//I don't see how the documentary was going to make him worse at football.
///Tired of the argument that people shouldn't exploit their brief moments of fame for reasons, though
 
2014-05-17 01:14:21 PM  

coolio mack: I'm starting to think that after his combine performance and how his draft stock dropped, his agents and other people around him started pushing the idea that he may not have much of a NFL career ahead of him and to go ahead and try to make his money throughout this process.


Yep. Now, I don't blame Sam, or ANY late-round draft pick, seeing the writing on the wall and realizing there's a strong likelihood the whole NFL career thing is far from a guarantee and trying to capitalize on whatever marketability they currently have to make some bucks on the side for themselves. Sam however is in the awkward spot where what marketability exists for him basically centers on his sexuality, which is the exact thing he said he didn't want to make a big deal out of.

Come to think of it, since Hard Knocks has long gotten stale, a new idea for a reality series based around an NFL training camp would be to every year maybe pick 5 7th round draft picks (be it the last five guys selected in order, or by some other sampling method) and follow them around as they try and make the team. Would obviously require the buy-in of more teams (when just finding one for a Hard Knocks season was hard enough), but that would be pretty cool.
 
2014-05-17 01:16:17 PM  

Rozotorical: Steamingpile, thank you for validating my world view.


Your world view can be summed up in that post? Strange, if it werent raining I would tell you to go outside but what the hell let the rain wash away the trolldom.

Is he better at football than 85% of the public and 99.9% of fark? You bet, but in the NFL hes a practice squad player at best unless he focuses and trains really hard, hes not that strong and seemed to get thrown around quite a bit in the end of year games.

Still the actual article is dumb, hes not gonna get cut before training camp.
 
2014-05-17 01:24:16 PM  

Oak: The truth is in between. There are plenty of guys in the NFL with Sam's measurables; not many of them are starters, but they're there. He was an SEC Defensive Player of the Year winner, and the past winners of that award have a pretty good record in the NFL. There's really no reason to think he'll be a star or unable to make a roster. His being gay is not a reason to think either of those things.


A logical argument, so rare on over emotional fark.

That could be true but I still believe he only got his huge stats from playing opposite a better player at mizzou, one that was taken before him in the draft and his stats won him that award since not everyone who votes watches every game. Hes probably a special situation guy, he could get better but it would take 100% of his attention to practice and lifting to get stronger, if he stays where he is now in terms of strength then those offensive linemen will brush him aside like a leaf.

I worked with two guys who used to be ex practice squad players, one for green bay and one from atlanta, the green bay guy looked like a door--a 3 foot thick door and the other guy was shorter but looked like he could compete at any bodybuilding contest and place in the top 5, both were in the top 3 of the strongest people I have ever met and even they couldnt get on a team.

The only reason they arent 1&2 is because I got to meet Lou Ferrigno once, nice guy and still huge when I met him almost 10 years after Hulk went off TV.
 
2014-05-17 01:31:54 PM  

steamingpile: UNC_Samurai: Sam is not completely worthless as an NFL player. He has potential to be a substitute package 3-4 OLB or a run package 4-3 DE.

Hes not remotely fast enough to play in those positions, he could hide that in college with the monster player coming off the other side but in the NFL your weaknesses get exposed which is why teeblow aint playing no more.


The Rams have two very good defensive ends in Long and Quinn. Like I said, Sam is a package player. His potential is being available for 10-15 plays a game as part of specific packages. Gregg Williams loves to rotate his front seven to keep starters fresh, so Sam being on the field for a dozen plays can mask the size and speed deficiency.

No, he's likely never going to be a starter, nor is he ready to play on the 48-man roster. That may change, if he works hard and if the coaching yields dividends. But that's why he was a late-round pick. Occasionally you get really lucky. Jimmy Johnson drafted Larry Brown in the 12 round in 1991, thinking he might be useful as a nickel corner (Brown didn't have the Darrell Green/Eric Allen speed, just really good coverage skills). Brown was able to step in and start some, he and Neil O'Donnell even fooled the Raiders into thinking he was a long-term starter.
 
2014-05-17 01:38:02 PM  

browser_snake: The Rams themselves made an announcement after drafting him about how they "couldn't pass up the opportunity to be part of this historic moment".


This is why they'd want to stop the documentary.

Picking him: They're champions of equality.

They do a documentary/TV show? The only way that show makes it more than one episode is if his teammates pick on him, which basically screws the whole team over and replaces all that positive PR with negative. If he's invested in the production, then he basically has to try to goad his teammates into screwing over their own careers in order for the show to work.

The other thing is that there's a LOT of chop-busting in locker rooms, and with the cameras...anything directed at Sam is going to be viewed as homophobic, even though it's a part of bonding. It's just not a good idea to have it happen if you're the Rams.

Of course, the better solution is the one they went with - just don't allow them to shoot and get the show to not exist. Let Sam have a fair shot at making the team rather than cutting him for what might be.
 
2014-05-17 01:44:59 PM  

UNC_Samurai: steamingpile: UNC_Samurai: Sam is not completely worthless as an NFL player. He has potential to be a substitute package 3-4 OLB or a run package 4-3 DE.

Hes not remotely fast enough to play in those positions, he could hide that in college with the monster player coming off the other side but in the NFL your weaknesses get exposed which is why teeblow aint playing no more.

The Rams have two very good defensive ends in Long and Quinn. Like I said, Sam is a package player. His potential is being available for 10-15 plays a game as part of specific packages. Gregg Williams loves to rotate his front seven to keep starters fresh, so Sam being on the field for a dozen plays can mask the size and speed deficiency.

No, he's likely never going to be a starter, nor is he ready to play on the 48-man roster. That may change, if he works hard and if the coaching yields dividends. But that's why he was a late-round pick. Occasionally you get really lucky. Jimmy Johnson drafted Larry Brown in the 12 round in 1991, thinking he might be useful as a nickel corner (Brown didn't have the Darrell Green/Eric Allen speed, just really good coverage skills). Brown was able to step in and start some, he and Neil O'Donnell even fooled the Raiders into thinking he was a long-term starter.


Yeah but without busting is ass he wont make the roster and corner is different that LB/DE, he needs that burst of speed to go side to side really quick and its just not there, Brown had a burst but didnt have long range speed so in a short field he was good but in a long pass situation he better be playing CF catching people that get deep.

Hes a longshot at best and anyone claiming he was a 1st or 2nd round pick is just moronic or trolling for attention
 
2014-05-17 01:53:13 PM  
Oblig:

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2014-05-17 01:57:46 PM  

jake_lex: Yeah, and in 1948 people were criticizing the Brooklyn Dodgers for signing Jackie Robinson because he was going to be a distraction to the rest of the team too.


pfft

The Rams signed the first black NFL player in 1946. You probably never heard of him though because he wasnt packaged and sold to the public that way.
 
2014-05-17 01:59:37 PM  
I hope Whitlock fades into oblivion along with Sam after Sam gets cut.  Not rooting for him to be cut mind you, but it seems likely to me.  Sam will be forgotten, a mere footnote, remembered occasionally in "oh yeah" moments like the McPizza.
 
2014-05-17 02:01:09 PM  

Summoner101: Considering Sam was expected to go in the fourth or fifth round before he made his announcement



By whom?
 
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