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2013 Stats: 6 Games Played, 23 Tackles, 10.0 Tackles for Loss, 6.0 Sacks, 1 Fumble Forced, 1 Fumble Recovered, 1 Pass Deflection, 1 Defensive Touchdown
When it comes to underrated players around college football and their draft projection, Michael Sam takes the cake. He's a 6'2", 255-pound defensive end for the Missouri Tigers. However, he projects well as a 3-4 outside linebacker or a 4-3 defensive end in the NFL.
Sam has great burst off the line, and despite his size he looks to have more length than what is expected from a guy who's only 6'2". His true strength comes from his pass-rushing abilities. He can put a left tackle on his heels and force a quarterback to make bad decisions early in a play.
Also, his frame would allow him to gain more weight and become a Charles Johnson-type of player long term if he played in a 4-3. If the draft was held today, Sam could end up as a legitimate second- or third-round pick for a team that needs a legitimate pass-rusher.
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Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.