Just out of interest I did a bit of research. See Michael Sam was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year for 2013. Now a question; do you know the last time that a player who has won that award was not eventually selected in the first round of the NFL draft?
2005 (Demeco Ryans was a 2nd round pick, 33rd overall).
The 2004 winner was also a first round pick, while the 2003 winner (Chad Lavalais) was a 5th rounder.
Just some food for thought.