Despite his relative panning by a few in the media following an average performance at the scouting combine, Michael Sam is still turning heads in the NFL.
The Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of The Year turned heads in college but his ability to transform that talent into the professional game has been the cause of much talk, drawing parallels to a certain Johnny Manziel.
But after seeing his stock rise to as high as the second round in some corners, to dropping as low as the seventh, eight or even possibly going undrafted as others have called, Sam can take heart in the fact that various teams are taking a serious look at him.
And according to a piece in today's Baltimore Sun, the Ravens - among others - may call his name out on draft day next month:
"The Ravens are among the teams that have displayed the most interest in Sam since the NFL scouting combine along with the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets, according to league sources."
Following a below-par workout at the scouting combine; he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.91 seconds and had a 25-inch vertical leap as well as bench pressing 225 pounds 17 times, Sam greatly improved his numbers during his campus Pro Day workout at Missouri, much to the liking of NFL scouts, coaches and GM's.
During his Pro Day, Sam ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds, had a 30-inch vertical leap and bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times.
As a senior at Mizzou, Sam had 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for losses, being named a first-team All-American and a first-team All-SEC selection.
The 6-foot-2, 256-pound college defensive end may be set for a position move to the linebacker spot and will need patience if a team wants him to play in the new role, as he gets used to his new duties.