Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be picked in the NFL Draft on Saturday, but his fight to play for the St. Louis Rams begins now.
Just because he will practice with the Rams over the summer does not mean he will be playing in the regular season opener against the Minnesota Vikings just yet.
This will be a far cry from college football with Missouri for Sam, and seen as though he was only a seventh round pick, the fight to start will be a tough one for the defensive end.
Rams' head coach Jeff Fisher is happy to have the SEC Defensive Player of the Year on board, but he says he will be cut just like any other player if he doesn't earn his place.
"He's a good football player. I'm excited about our draft and I'm excited about the possibility of adding him to our defensive front," Fisher told CBS Sports.
"[I]t's going to be very competitive for him, as it will be for some of the other guys, the later picks, because of the depth and the talent level at the position," Fisher said.
"He's going to have to come in, these rookies, they're not in shape. Not in the condition our veterans are in. He's going to have to work to get in great shape and we'll blend him in the offseason program and we'll go."
Even though Sam was a dominate player in college, experts believe he may struggle in the NFL.
This is because his size doesn't lend itself naturally to either the defensive end or linebacker position in the league.
He is caught in between, with commentators labelling him a 'tweener', and only time will tell whether or not he will make it past the cut.
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