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Rams take Sam near end of draft

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New York, NY (.com) - Michael Sam's dream of becoming the first openly gay player to play in the NFL was made a reality by the St. Louis Rams, who selected the Missouri defensive end in the seventh round of the 2014 Draft.

Sam, the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, was taken with the first of the Rams' two compensatory choices at No. 249 overall, seven spots before the final pick was made.

After publicly declaring his homosexuality shortly before the scouting combine took place in February, Sam became one of the most intriguing stories of the three-day event. Despite his impressive production with the Tigers, the 24- year-old was considered a likely final-day pick due to size and athletic limitations.

Sam will be attempting to compete for a reserve role on a Rams squad that's well-stocked along the defensive line, with fellow end Robert Quinn leading the NFL with 19 sacks last season and St. Louis taking Pittsburgh tackle Aaron Donald with the 13th overall choice on Thursday to team with fellow former first-round choices Chris Long and Michael Brockers.

May 10, 2014, at 07:20 PM ET
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