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36 tackles, 2 sacks
2010 Season (and prior)
To completely understand where I'm coming from with Vobora, you have to look at his career as a whole. Vobora was the last overall selection in 2008, earning him the title Mr. Irrelevant. Typically seventh-round picks are long shots to make the active roster, so when Vobora managed to make it, we were all shocked. When he started a game at outside linebacker his rookie season we were even more shocked. And when he was named the starting outside linebacker to open 2009? The streets of St. Louis were shut down. To this day I'm still not sure if his starting spot was more of a result of Vobora's work ethic or the Rams' complete lack of quality at the position. It's most likely a mix of the two, but regardless, Vobora wouldn't likely find significant playing time anywhere else in the NFL.
Just when we all began to assume Vobora had sold his soul in order to go from Mr. Irrelevant to starting outside linebacker, he received a fairly significant setback: a violation of the league's substance abuse policy and a four-game suspension. Vobora defended himself the way all football players do, stating that he wasn't aware there were illegal substances in the product he was taking. Whether you believe him or not, his production fell and playing time fell off immediately after returning from suspension.
In 2010 he played in 14 games, but started only five and ended with a mere 36 tackles. Despite the lack of depth at the position in St. Louis, Vobora appears to be as dispensable as ever.
Why He Could Make It
Before the suspension, Vobora was really starting to show some potential as a starting linebacker. He wasn't by any means dominating, nor does he have the tools to be intimidating, but he did all the little things properly. He was adequate in coverage and possessed sound tackling skills. He didn't seem to allow himself to be caught out of position and at times he would make a play that made you think "wow, where did that come from?"
If he can recapture that magic and find his form once again, he could be a serviceable player in Steve Spagnuolo's 4-3 defense.
Why He Could Break
I'm not saying that whatever he was taking was increasing his performance, but he hasn't been the same since returning from suspension. Last year he appeared lost at times and whiffed on plenty of easy tackles. He looked slower regardless of who he was covering and he was a complete liability at times. Since he isn't that good of a special teams player, if he can't prove himself on defense, the Rams would probably decide to move on without him.