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Pats, Vollmer reach preliminary agreement on contract

07.15.09 at 1:42 pm ET
By has learned the Patriots and second-round draft pick Sebastian Vollmer have preliminarily agreed on a contract. Vollmer, an offensive lineman out of the University of Houston, was the 58th overall pick in the 2009 draft.

If the deal is signed, the 24-year-old Vollmer would be the fourth of New England’s 12 draft picks to agree to a contract — fellow second-round pick Darius Butler, fourth-round selection Rich Ohrnberger and sixth-round pick Myron Pryor are all reportedly in the fold.

A 6-foot-7, 312-pounder, Vollmer — nicknamed “Sea Bass” — is one of the most unique picks in franchise history. A native of Germany, he did not start playing football until he was 14 years old, but would go on to help his German school win a pair of national football titles. At Houston, he started as a tight end before making the switch to left tackle, where he would develop into a All-Conference USA first teamer as a senior.

He likely projects as a left or right tackle in the NFL.

“Vollmer is a big offensive tackle. He’€™s played both sides,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said shortly after he was selected by the Patriots. “He’€™s played left side and also played right side at the East-West game.”

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