Veldheer can hang with the big boys 

March, 4, 2010

The NFL combine isn't about just the big-name prospects. Here are three small-school players who turned some heads in Indianapolis and where their stock is headed:

Hillsdale (Mich.) OT Jared Veldheer (6-foot-8⅛, 312 pounds) -- On film, Veldheer looks fluid and explosive for his size, gets into position quickly when driving defenders off the ball, redirects effortlessly in pass protection and appears comfortable climbing up to the second level. But how big a role did the Division II competition he faced play in his success at the collegiate level? Well, Veldheer eased those concerns with his performance at the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game and continued to do so in Indianapolis.