Veldman will be successful
Published: Monday, April 30, 2012
Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012 16:04
For starters, if you’ve watched a football game with me, you know that I like tight ends over any other position on the field. It’s obvious now that I was hoping former Bison tight end Matt Veldman was going to get picked in the draft.
I had really hoped he would go as Mr. Irrelevant, but that didn’t happen either. Veldman did sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, however. I said it coming into the draft, and I’m going to say it one more time in print.
Matt Veldman is going to be successful in the NFL.
The term successful can be looked at differently by people, but my view of successful is going to be lower for the former Bison than it would be for a big-time FBS school. Success for me can be looked at by comparing it to someone who has somewhat been in those shoes.
A perfect example is Craig Dahl of the Rams. The former NDSU defensive back is now a starter in the St. Louis secondary, and he has won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants.
Veldman’s success can’t be measured by Super Bowls. Veldman’s success will be measured by playing time, productivity and duration of his career. If matt can stay healthy and contribute on a team for five or more years, that’s a successful career.
The reasons why Matt Veldman will be productive includes one reason that ultimately could have kept him out of the draft.
Veldman played 15 games in 2011, which his big question mark heading into the season, because he had a bit of the injury bug before. Playing 15 games after being potentially looked at as someone to stay away from because they’re hurt is crucial for teams looking to sign them.
He’s not just a tight end when he’s healthy; he’s a 6’7” tight end with great blocking skills and above-average hands. We know Veldman can block. The entire Missouri Valley Football Conference, James Madison, Lehigh, Georgia Southern and Sam Houston State knows he can block.
Frisco, Texas saw that he could catch, too.
Aside from dropping one ball that he should have hauled in, Veldman caught the ball well during the national championship game, including a spectacular catch along the Sam Houston State sidelines.
If Veldman can stay healthy throughout rookie camp, there’s a very good chance he’ll be invited to training camp. In my opinion, all indications lead to a roster spot if he performs well. Hopefully the same thing that happened to Tyler Roehl doesn’t happen to Veldman. Injuries during the offseason this year will make or break Veldman’s career.
If I had to guess, I’d say it’s going to make it.