San Francisco 49ers: Michael Sam and the NFL

Earlier Tuesday, our NFL Nation network asked: "Which team drafts Michael Sam?"

Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year at Missouri, announced he is gay on Sunday. He could be the first openly gay active player in NFL history.

We ranked the odds of Sam ending up with each team on the scale of low, medium and high. I categorized the 49ers’ odds of drafting Sam as medium. Here is what I wrote:
The 49ers have a surplus of picks and Sam would have a support system with former college teammate Aldon Smith being a star pass-rusher for the 49ers. The selection would be well received in San Francisco, long famous for embracing diversity.

If the 49ers believe he can help them and the timing is right in the draft, he could become a 49er.
The San Francisco 49ers have joined those around the NFL in commending Missouri pass-rusher Michael Sam for the courage he displayed when he announced on Sunday he is gay.

Sam was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 and is considered a mid-round draft prospect in the May 8-10 draft. Sam could become the first openly gay active NFL player. 49ers general manager Trent Baalke gave the team’s website a statement it tweeted out Monday evening.

"The 49ers commend Michael for the courage he has displayed, as he continues to pursue his NFL career,” Baalke said in the statement. "We have and will continue to evaluate him as we do every draft eligible player, which is always based on their projected contributions to our team on and off the field.”

Sam was teammates with 49ers’ pass-rusher Aldon Smith at Missouri. Scheme wise, he appears to be a fit for the 49ers as a 3-4 outside lineback

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