It would be a mistake to draft Missouri defensive end MIchael Sam because he's gay. It would be a mistake to avoid drafting Sam because he's gay.
If Sam, who will be a linebacker in the NFL, was your sixth-rated linebacker before he came out, he should remain No. 6.
Sam will initially generate considerable attention. He'll generate it at the draft, at rookie camp and at training camp. He'll generate it the first time he plays in a new city on the road.
But over time, he'll be judged less by his sexual preference than his ability to get to a quarterback, tackle a tailback or cover a receiver.
In other words, don't turn this into a statement. Sam made the statement Sunday when he said he was gay, a statement that required courage.