Initial reaction to Missouri's defensive end Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay has been overwhelmingly positive throughout the NFL, but the reality is the news will also impact the pass rusher's stock for May's NFL Draft.
Exactly how much is impossible to know.
The problem is that while Sam is a good prospect, he's not a great one, and he was already sliding down many teams' draft boards due to the dreaded 'tweener label - he struggled to make the conversion to 3-4 outside linebacker at the Senior Bowl last month, showing limited flexibility and fluidity that could limit him to working as a 4-3 end, where his lack of ideal size will be an issue.
NFLDraftScout.com has Sam rated as the No. 110 overall prospect entering next week's Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where Sam's story will be one of the main topics with many NFL head coaches and front office personal available to the media.