Silver Spotlight: Jared Veldheer
- No: 68
- Height: 6-8
- Weight: 312
- Birth date: 06/14/1987
- College: HILLSDALE
- Acquired: Selected in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft (69th overall)
With the 69th overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders selected Jared Veldheer out of Hillsdale College. The 2009 All-American selection and Super Three Region’s top vote getter for the Gene Upshaw Award (given to the top offensive lineman in the small college ranks) was one of the tallest to come out of the collegiate ranks in recent years. Veldheer has been described by scouts to have solid quickness off the snap, a long wingspan and a hard punch to neutralize edge rushers.
Only the 5th player selected out of the small college, the 6’8, 312 pound talent from Grand Rapids Michigan started all 46-games he played in at left tackle. In his last 2-years, Veldheer produced 216 knockdowns, 30 touchdown resulting blocks and an 85.5% grade for blocking consistency.
Oakland is giving Veldheer a look at the tackle position. And prior to the draft, the Raiders owner already had his eyes on the prospect. “It was a great honor to meet a football legend like Mr. [Al] Davis,” Veldheer said. “He said he had watched my tape and liked the way I played. He discussed with me how he wants to win another Super Bowl. I told him I’m definitely on board with that.”