Michael Sam, who could become the first openly gay athlete to play in the NFL, was selected in the seventh round of the draft by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday with the 249th overall pick.
Sam, who announced in February that he is gay, saw his draft stock drop following a disappointing showing at the NFL scouting combine.
As a senior at Missouri, Sam registered 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for losses en route to being named a first-team All-American and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
After playing defensive end in college, the 6-foot-2, 256-pound Sam is expected to transition to outside linebacker in the NFL.
Earlier this week, Sam signed his first endorsement deal, partnering with Visa. Although his marketability is likely to be tied heavily to making a team and playing well, he has received dozens of endorsement deal offers, which is unprecedented for a late-round pick.