There must have been a lot of thinkpieces being prepared and fists being shaken as the rounds went by because of one name: Michael Sam. The defensive end and the SEC's co-defensive player of the year was originally projected to be a third-fourth rounder, but it looked increasingly likely he may go undrafted as the rounds ticked by.

The Rams took the chance, however. Sam is the first openly gay player ever to be drafted into the league as St. Louis takes him as the 249th pick in the seventh round

Here's Sam's emotional reaction to the call:

ICYMI: Michael Sam's emotional reaction upon being drafted by Rams is one to remember. » http://t.co/3k53Idl6QE

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 10, 2014

UPDATE: Michael Sam celebrates being drafted w/a kiss from his boyfriend, aired live on ESPN http://t.co/9xwOWRz9nb pic.twitter.com/FVXVnpT30U

— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) May 10, 2014

RELATED: Anonymous Personnel on Michael Sam's NFL Future
RELATED: How to Drink Your Way Through the 2014 NFL Draft