After playing it safe for the first two rounds, the Raiders finally rolled the dice. In the third round Oakland selected offensive tackle Jared Veldheer out of Division II Hillsdale College in Michigan with the 69th pick in the draft.
Veldheer turned heads at the draft combine after putting up 32 reps on bench press and running a 5.09 40-yard dash. Standing at 6 feet, 8 inches Veldheer is an imposing figure that will be given every chance to compete for immediate playing time.
After watching Kwame Harris
and Cornell Green false start their way out of Oakland the last two seasons, it was painfully obvious that the Raiders were in desperate need of an upgrade at the tackle position.
Considered to be among the top 10 prospects at tackle in the 2010 draft, the Raiders opted to go with Veldheer over Maryland workout warrior Bruce Campbell. Many believed that Campbell was exactly the type of intriguing athlete that Al Davis would salivate over.
Of course, seeing a guy who stands 6’8” hang clean 425-pounds will also grab the attention of Mr. Davis.