The Kansas City Chiefs made news in the NFL Draft; not by the players they picked, but by the ones they didn’t get.
The Chiefs passed on University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam in the later rounds. The St. Louis Rams ended up taking Sam in the seventh and final round. Sam has been in headlines since last February when he came out as gay.
Last fall, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel knew that. But he also knew, as he said after Missouri’s win at Vanderbilt, what kind of player Michael Sam was last year for the Tigers.
“He’s had high energy. He’s a very good athlete. He could run. He’s quick and he goes, man, his motor goes,” said Pinkel.
The Cleveland Browns denied the Chiefs from mulling over the possibility of taking Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. If Manziel were still available one pick after the Browns, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey wouldn’t tip his hand on what the Chiefs would have done.
“That’s such a hypothetical because he went before us,” said Dorsey.
The Chiefs picked a quarterback in the fifth round, Aaron Murray from Georgia.