The Patriots are closing in on a deal for second-round pick Sebastian Vollmer, according to a league source. Vollmer, an offensive tackle out of the University of Houston, by way of Germany, would be the fourth of the Patriots' 12 draft picks and the second of their four second-round picks to come to terms on a contract.
The source said the "terms of the deal have been pretty much agreed to" and was confident that the sides would have a done deal tomorrow. News of a preliminary contract agreement between the Patriots and Vollmer, who was taken with the 58th overall selection, was first reported by Chris Price of WEEI.com.
The 6-foot, 8-inch, 315-pound Vollmer is one of the more interesting Patriots' draft picks in recent memory. Born in Düsseldorf, Germany, he did not start playing football until he was 14, but still led his German prep school team to a pair of national titles.
He spoke almost no English when he signed on to play college football at Houston in 2004, but earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the school and is working on a second degree in economics.
Vollmer started out as a tight end at Houston and grew into a first-team Conference USA left tackle. He started the last 25 games of his career at tackle for the Cougars.
He has worked at both left and right tackle for the Patriots during the off-season.