Jerry Jones praises Michael Sam

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he was happy Missouri defensive end Michael Sam was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.

Jones said the Cowboys didn't consider drafting Sam, who is trying to become the first openly gay player to play in the NFL, because of the team's scheme. Jones said Sam is more of a tweener, meaning he's too small to play defensive end in the Cowboys' 4-3 scheme and is probably more suited to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

The Cowboys studied Sam just like they would any other player who is eligible for the draft, according to Jones.

"Well, I don’t know what’s going on in other draft rooms involving him, I don’t," Jones said. "All I know is we spent the same amount of time on him that you would normally spend as a valuable defensive player in the SEC, we really did. He just didn’t fit for us."

Jones said NFL teams shouldn't have any problems having Sam as a player because he was gay, and he expressed surprise Sam was still available in the seventh round.

"You know, I was happy for him and I was happy to see him drafted," Jones said. "I don't know what that means, but I was happy to see him drafted because it just shouldn't be an issue."