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
10/09/17 - RT Jared Veldheer briefly left Sunday's game with a knee injury but managed to return.
Head coach Bruce Arians said Veldheer wasn't as sore as he thought he might be on Monday and that the chances are good that the lineman can play this Sunday when the Cardinals host the Buccaneers.
09/20/17 - RT Jared Veldheer had a poor game Sunday against the Colts, getting beat on occasion off the edge and failing to finish blocks by using the wrong hand to push away pass rushers and tacklers.
Coach Bruce Arians was asked if the veteran is having problems because he's playing on the right side after being a left tackle all of his career.
"Oh yeah, it's not easy," Arians said. "But he's had enough work at it now to use the proper technique. He's got to trust his technique."
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.