Sebastian Vollmer, the 6’8”320lbs offensive tackle, was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. The NFL scouts were so impressed with his footwork and the how well he moved during his Pro-Day as well as the Senior Bowl. Whenever Vollmer would get beat by the faster defensive lineman, he quickly recuperated by extending his massive long arms out toward the defender pushing them away from the quarterback.
Vollmer is an amazing story growing up in Germany. He played American football for the Düsseldorf Panther and helped his team to a 25-0 record and two national Junior Bowl wins. After appearing in the 2004 Global Junior Championships in San Diego, California, he was recruited by college coaches as a 250-pound tight end.
Vollmer signed his letter of intent with the University of Houston, where he played for the Houston Cougars football team beginning in 2004. He redshirted his freshman season in 2004, and appeared in eight games as a reserve tight end in 2005. After requiring back surgery as a sophomore, Vollmer switched from tight end to left tackle, where he started 25 straight games for Houston.
Vollmer anchored the left tackle position at Houston where he protected then the blind side of current Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum. Case Keenum that season would lead the NCAA in passing yards and touchdowns breaking several FBS records. As a senior, he was named to the first-team All-Conference USA at left tackle.
Vollmer has been plaque with a few injuries through out his NFL career. However, he has played hurt with his injuries, especially in 2015 when the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
Vollmer was placed on the Reserve/PUP list on August 30, 2016 after having shoulder surgery while also dealing with a hip injury. However, due to the severity of his injuries, the Patriots never activated him off the PUP list, and Vollmer has missed the entire 2016 football season. It has been rumored that the Patriots doesn’t expect the to re-sign impending free agent Vollmer.
Instead of the Rams settling for average tackle on the right side again in 2017, Rams could make a big move. Despite his injuries, by signing Sebastian Vollmer to hold down the right tackle position is an complete upgrade for the Rams. There is some concern surrounding the Patriots’ veteran tackle. He’s coming off a season in which he has spent the entire year on IR due to his hip injury. New England seemingly is ready to move on from Vollmer, it appears he could resurface elsewhere and potentially pick up where he left off.
When Vollmer is healthy, he is one of the elite right tackles in the game. However, with his recent issues, he’s likely to be available to sign a one-year “prove it” deal for about $3 million in 2017. He’s been one of the better tackles in the league when healthy, but has missed 29 games the last four years. If that’s the case, the Rams could sign him to a sizable but reasonable deal and get a quality starter on the right side for the first time in years.