Michael Sam Scouting Report

MICHAEL SAM – DE – MISSOURI

Michael Sam

Strengths:

Good athlete with an excellent burst off the snap. Flashes dangerous speed around the edge on speed rushes. Does a good job of beating lineman to the edge and using a rip move to get by. Quick first step allows him to get penetration against the run and blow up plays in the backfield. Has a good motor.

Weaknesses:

Needs to get stronger and develop more pass-rush moves. Struggles to fight off blocks when initially stopped and lacks the heavy hands to separate. Will rush himself out of the play at times. Tight hipped and would have a tough time transitioning to a stand-up role.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Pass Rush: 3.5
Strength: 2.0
Quickness: 3.5
Point of Attack: 2.0
Tackling: 2.5
Intangibles: 3.0

Verdict: Love him

Michael Sam is not as highly regarded as his teammate Kony Ealy but it should be the other way around in my opinion. Sam is a much more dangerous pass-rusher and has the potential to develop into an impact player in the NFL. Strength and hand usage can be taught but a quick first step you either have or you don’t. He has to season up a little bit but the potential is there.

Grade: 2nd Round

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