Scouts turn out to watch Hillsdale’s Veldheer

Jared Veldheer worked out for several NFL scouts at Hillsdale's pro day. (Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

Hillsdale’s pro day is not usually a hot spot for pro scouts, but this year is different. OT Jared Veldheer has emerged as a good prospect, and is generating plenty of interest.

He had outstanding workout numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine, finishing among the top offensive line performers in the 40-yard dash, the bench press, the vertical jump, the broad jump, the three-cone drill and the short shuttle.

He stood on those numbers at Hillsdale’s pro day, but did position drills. Offensive line coaches from Seattle and Baltimore were on hand to see him, and he has more workouts planned with the Chiefs, Rams, Eagles and Raiders. The pro day was held outdoors on grass in front of nine team representatives with great weather conditions (55 degrees, sunny, no wind).

How did such a physically impressive prospect end up at Hillsdale you ask?

Well, his brother played basketball at Hillsdale, and in February of his senior year in high school he accepted a football scholarship to join his brother.

While Veldheer was the headliner, there was another notable prospect at Hillsdale’s pro day. DL Drew Berube (6-4 1/2, 266) ran the 40-yard dash in 5.08 and 5.09 seconds, had a 27-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot, 8-inch broad jump, a 4.54-second short shuttle, a 6.96-second three-cone drill and did 17 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds. He has a visit scheduled with an undisclosed team.

Gil Brandt

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