From the Bison (and Sherburne County) to the NFL

  • Blog Post by: Howard Sinker
  • May 1, 2012 - 10:07 AM

After the seven rounds of the draft, NFL teams typically announce that they are bringing in a bunch of other players to try out for their teams. Most of them have little chance of making it, but there's always some hope.

North Dakota State tight end Matt Veldman, who played high school football in Becker, Minn., is among those with some hope. He agreed to a deal with Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent.

North Dakota State, you might remember, won the Football College Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA) championship in January -- and beat the Gophers by two touchdowns last September. Veldman caught a couple of passes in that game, including a 23-yarder.

Veldman will go to Jacksonville's rookie camp this month and said what guys are supposed to say in this situation on NDSU's sports website: "It is a good spot for me. Jacksonville provided me with the best chance to be able and compete right away."

For inspiration, Veldman can look to St. Louis Rams safety Craig Dahl, a Mankato native and NDSU alum who made the New York Giants as an undefeated undrafted free agent in 2007 and finished last season as a starter for the Rams.

The 6-foot-7 Veldman has one other distinction: He's a second-generation undefeated undrafted free agent: His father Gregg was a standout at South St. Paul High School and Moorhead State, and signed the same kind of free-agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys in 1983.

To read the view on Veldman from the North Dakota State student newspaper, go here.




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