Post-Draft Outlook:COULD SURPRISE: Tackle Jared Veldheer: A 6-foot-8, 315-pound Division II All-American could find himself a starter before the end of the season on a team with problems at offensive tackle.
A closer look at the Raiders' picks: Round 3/69 -- Jared Veldheer, OT, 6-8, 321, Hillsdale, A Division II All-American, Veldheer was researched heavily to the point where he even got a sit-down with Al Davis. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Jared Veldheer News
08/24/17 - RT Jared Veldheer took a personal day early in training camp to contemplate retirement following alarming reports of brain injuries found in hundreds of deceased football players.
On Thursday, coach Bruce Arians was asked to re-address that moment. "We talked about it," Arians said. "He had some people he wanted to talk to. It was just another day. You treat it like an injury of anything would've happened, which I didn't foresee anything happening."
08/01/17 - RT Jared Veldheer said he took a personal day late last week to contemplate his future and come to terms with some things that have been on his mind, like the injuries and rehab he's had to endure during his NFL career.
He acknowledged to azcentral sports that some of those concerns also were related to a recent study that showed chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, was found in 99 percent of deceased NFL players' brains that were donated to scientific research.
"There was some stuff going on and I was just trying to process it all," Veldheer said.
"It was culmination of things, kind of missing the last half of the season last year (because of a torn triceps muscle and a badly fractured finger) and just kind of rehabbing. You start thinking when you have a lot of time on your plate.
"You start thinking huge-picture life stuff, you know? You normally don't necessarily think you're going to die. So you're just trying to figure everything out. Stuff just all kind of happened and compounded and I just kind of needed a second to regroup and reflect."
11/01/16 - T Jared Veldheer (triceps) was placed on injured reserve by the Arizona Cardinals. Veldheer, 29, sustained his injury in Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers.
10/31/16 - LT Jared Veldheer will require season-ending surgery for a torn triceps and will be placed on injured reserve.
08/09/16 - LT Jared Veldheer had his contract restructured by the team in a move that will free up $4 million in cap space. The Cardinals converted $6 million of Veldheer's $7.25 million salary into a signing bonus, which means it can be prorated over three seasons for cap purposes. It decreases Veldheer's cap number from $9 million to $5 million for 2016. It increases his cap numbers for 2017 and 2018, however.