By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, April 23rd, 2010 at 6:29 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Some quick facts about 6-foot-8 offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, the Raiders’ third-round pick out of Hillsdale College:
– The highest division II draft pick since 1999. (Lamar King, Seattle, 1999, Saginaw Valley)
– First Hillsdale playe drafted since receiver Nate Jackson by Pittsburgh in 1980.
– Only offensive lineman to finish in the top 10 in all combine events.
– Has personally spoken with Al Davis.
– Was on track to go to medical school upon entering Hillsdale.
– Had individual workouts with San Francisco, the New York Giants, Philadelphia and Denver.
– Only Hillsdale player drafted higher was Green Bay place kicker Chester Marcol in 1972.
– Regional finalist for Gene Upshaw Award as top offensive lineman in small college ranks.
– Most notable Hillsdale offensive lineman _ Howard Mudd, former 49ers star and Indianapolis line coach.