When guys come out for the draft, there are always two kinds of players. There are guys with great football potential and excellent athletic talent. And then, there are guys who have mediocre athleticism but are off the charts with intangibles.
Michael Sam is the latter. He's a guy like Jarvis Jones or Charles Johnson in that he won't be the fastest player for his size, nor is he the strongest. The best part of his game comes between his ears and in his relentless motor.
That's part of why he's one of the best pass rushers in college football and is currently tied for the Division I-A FBS lead in sacks with Vic Beasley. It will be interesting to see whether a 3-4 or 4-3 team takes him because he could end up fitting in well in either scheme.
2013: 8 Games Played, 32 Tackles, 16.0 Tackles for Loss, 10.0 Sacks, 3 QB Hurries, 1 Fumble Forced, 1 Fumble Recovered, 1 Pass Deflection, 1 Defensive Touchdown
2012: 12 Games Played, 22 Tackles, 7.0 Tackles for Loss, 4.5 Sacks, 4 QB Hurries, 2 Fumbles Forced, 1 Fumbles Recovered, 1 Defensive Touchdown
2011: 13 Games Played, 29 Tackles, 3.0 Tackles for Loss, 1.5 Sacks, 4 QB Hurries, 1 Interception, 1 Pass Deflection
2010: 13 Games Played, 24 Tackles, 7.0 Tackles for Loss, 3.5 Sacks, 2 QB Hurries, 1 Interception, 2 Fumbles Forced, 1 Blocked Kicks
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus' Premium Stats (subscription required), ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy of Spotrac and Rotoworld.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.