North Dakota State - Bison
Matt Veldman - #82 - TE
|Event||Ht||Wt||Hand||Arm||Wing||Wonderlic||40 yard||BP||BJ||VJ||20s||60s||3 Cn|
|03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day||6-6 7/8||254||10 1/8||34 3/4||81||4.88|
after grabbing 19 touchdown passes as a senior tight end. Also played defensive end and was a long-snapper in addition to lettering in basketball and track. Redshirted in 2007. Played in eight games in ’08 and caught four passes for 29 yards (7.2-yard average) and zero touchdowns plus a blocked kick against South Dakota State. Dealt with a torn triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) in his right wrist during the season. Was plagued by injuries in ’09, missing two games with turf toe on his left foot and another two contests with a right knee PCL strain while seeing action in only seven games (six starts) and grabbing 15-191-3 (12.7). Saw action in 11 games in ’10, catching 4-33-1 (8.3) and missing three games with a strained left groin. Started 14-of-15 games in which he played as a senior for FCS national champions, catching 26-331-3 (12.7), including 29-yard reception in title-game victory over Sam Houston State.Positives:
Excellent size and growth potential — has very long arms and big hands. Presents a big downfield target. Good hands and flashes ability to haul in contested catches. Intelligent.Negatives:
Is high-cut with herky-jerky movement — unfurls long strides and builds to below-average speed. Wooden hips — cannot sink his weight. Too easily bumped off course. Limited strength to anchor in line and struggles to sustain. Has underachiever traits. Average production vs. marginal competition. Is immature, entitled and could rub teammates the wrong way. Injury-prone and too comfortable in the trainer’s room.Summary:
Big-framed, inconsistent size prospect with catching ability who could be a practice-squad candidate. However, his straight-linish movement skills and unappealing intangibles could deter teams.
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