- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com picks 20 players across the NFL that he views as breakout candidates for 2011, and third-year Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer lands on the list.
"He has emerged as the best tackle on the New England roster -- passing Matt Light -- and one of the better right tackles in the league," Prisco writes. "Now entrenched as a starter, he should be pushing for a Pro Bowl berth this season."
Vollmer has proven to be one of the team's better second-round draft choices in recent memory.
Selected 58th overall in 2009, Vollmer's selection was panned by some because he wasn't even invited to the NFL Combine. But he appeared in 15 games with nine starts as a rookie, before starting all 17 games last season (including playoffs).
Vollmer (6-8, 315) was locked in on the right side last season, but showed the ability to flip sides in 2009. That could come in handy in 2011 if the Patriots and Matt Light don't reach an agreement, and 2011 first-round pick Nate Solder is not yet ready to step in on the left side.