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Full house at Rams for Michael Sam availability

In this image taken from video, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, left, gets a kiss at a draft party in San Diego, before he was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season came out as gay in media interviews this year.
In this image taken from video, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, left, gets a kiss at a draft party in San Diego, before he was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season came out as gay in media interviews this year.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams have never introduced a rookie class with such a commotion.

A half-dozen TV trucks lined a crammed parking lot at Rams Park on Tuesday, an hour before the team's two first-round picks were due at the podium.

The star attraction, former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, was scheduled to talk later, grouped with five others taken in the sixth- and seventh rounds of Saturday's draft. Unlike your garden-variety, seventh-round pick, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team also was scheduled for a solo session.

Sam puts on the pads later in the week when the team holds a rookie minicamp, normally a low-key event also sure to attract outsized attention.

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