While Julian Edelman and Darius Butler have gotten quite a bit of hype this offseason, I actually think that the most promising member of their draft class is someone else … OT Sebastian Vollmer. And I doubt I’m alone.
Vollmer started just eight games last year, but that’s still more than any other rookie on the roster (Edelman started 7, Butler started 5, Ron Brace started 2 and Patrick Chung started once). Above that, though, is that Vollmer, to me, was the guy in that group that showed the most flashes of dominance, if that’s the right way to put it.
Anyway, while I was on vacation, I was talking to my uncle, who is Austrian, about football (our kind, not Europe’s). He asked if Europeans have started making it into the NFL, and I brought up the big German Vollmer as an example of one who did.
So he then asked about what kind of athlete Vollmer is, and I went to YouTube to show him. And the above video came up, with Volmer leaping 37 inches vertically, benching 225 pounds 32 times and looking like a beast in general.
What’s the point here? Well, maybe it’s just to show you a video that I’d missed before this that really impressed me. But above that, it also underscores how, in someways, Vollmer still has plenty of room to grow as a football player.
It’ll be interesting to watch that happen this year, as Vollmer moves into a more full-time role. With Logan Mankins disgruntled, and the team’s other key linemen (Steve Neal, Dan Koppen, Matt Light) in their 30s, it seems like he may well have become the biggest part of the club’s future along the offensive front.
(UPDATE 5:22 p.m.: Sorry folks … Posted the wrong video initially. That’s been fixed. And if you want to check out the positional drills that were up there, and were run by Patriots line coach Dante Scarnecchia, click on this link.)