Former Colts coach Tony Dungy said he wouldn't have drafted former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.

"I wouldn't have taken him. Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it," Dungy told the Tampa Tribune.

"It's not going to be totally smooth ... things will happen."

Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, was taken in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams and has an uphill battle to make the team's opening day 53-man roster.

"If you're going to take a leadership position by drafting Michael, you have to expect the good and the bad,'' said Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff. "We're prepared for it, and I think we'll shine through it.''