RESPONSE: Yes...I heard that, too. Short arms definately are a detriment to an OT.
But here is what I have read. Because I had Beatty above him as well. Jerry Jones had Vollmer out to his ranch for a personal interview, which is (from what I hear) very rare. There was all sorts of buzz around the kid, based on his EFL experience, and his raw ability. He was rising fast, so aside from how BB ranked him, they had reason to beleive that other teams liked him as well, in the range. Dallas had two picks between NE's two selections. With the second of those two picks they grabbed Robert Brewster, who was ranked much, much lower than Vollmer. That says to me that they went for the next best option when Vollmer was off the board.
RESPONSE: I wasn't aware of that. It could explain why BB pulled the trigger on Heir Vollmer with the 58th overall pick.
According to scouts inc, Vollmer wasn't that much of a reach. They had him as the 9th best tackle and he was the 7th taken. They had him as a mid 3rd, and he was a low second on draft day. BB worked both players out personally, as did Dante Scarnechia, so I think they probably saw something in Vollmer. The thing that makes me very comfortable about it is that BB has an intimate knowledge of UCONN players. He knows them well. That is why I don't sweat passing Beatty or Cody Brown even though they were both in play at #58 for me.
RESPONSE: Thinking back to 2005, I remember initially being upset over the Pats selecting OG Logan Mankins (I wanted Barrett Ruud), who I, and most everybody else, never heard of. Perhaps Vollmer will develop into as good a player as Mankins.
It is a little wierd, but all in all. Do you mind the idea of a 6'8" monster on the line? I know you are huge fan of OL play. This kid has the triangle numbers to be something special. Let's hope BB got it right. And lets be serious. Do you think Kazcur has a long term shot at competing with Herr Vollmer? Vollmer could fall forward and be a more effective blocker.
RESPONSE: Somebody needs to take over for Kaczur at RT, before Brady gets killed. I always thought that Kaczur would be more effective inside as a guard.
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