Michael Sam Drafted By Rams in Seventh Round

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michael Sam has become the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, being chosen in the seventh round (249th overall) by the St. Louis Rams. Sam announced his sexuality back in February and said his announcement would not affect his draft stock.

"Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis," said Sam on Twitter after the announcement. "I'm using every (ounce) of this to achieve greatness."

After waiting almost the entire seven rounds, Sam will now have the chance to compete for a roster spot to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League. The defensive end's stock seemed to fall after a disappointing effort at the NFL Combine. 

Sam is expected to make the transition to outside linebacker at the professional level. The 6'2",260-pound pass rusher was named the Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference. This is the lowest any player with that such distinction has been drafted. 

Sam was a unanimous All-American in his senior, registering 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles. Missouri won a program-record 12 games last season, defeating Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl. The Rams finished 7-9 in 2013 and have not made the playoffs since the 2004 season. 

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