Pro Career: Originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round (69th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft and appeared in 53 games (48 starts) in four seasons with the Raiders. Signed a five-year contract with the Cardinals on 3/12/14 as an unrestricted free agent.
2013: Spent the first 12 weeks on the Reserve/Injured-Designated for Return list (triceps) before being activated to the active roster on 11/27 ... started the final five games at LT … made his season debut @ Dal (11/28) and was part of a line that did not allow a sack ... helped the offense rush for 150 yards against the league’s top-ranked run defense @ NYJ (12/8) … was again part of an O-line that did not allow a sack vs. KC (12/15) … started at LT in each of the final two regular season contests: @ SD (12/22) and vs. Den (12/29).
2012: Started all 16 games at LT for the second straight season and extended his consecutive games started streak to 42 … his 1,078 snaps from scrimmage represented a team high … anchored an offensive line that allowed just 27.0 sacks on 629 pass attempts, with their 4.29 sack percentage ranking sixth in the NFL … line allowed one sack or fewer in eight of 16 contests and their 27 sacks allowed were tied for the fifth-fewest in the NFL … shut down Cameron Wake as the O-line held the Dolphins without a sack despite 48 pass attempts by Carson Palmer @ Mia (9/16) … helped clear the way as Darren McFadden rushed for 113 yards and a TD on 18 carries (6.3 avg.) and was part of a line that allowed just one sack on 34 pass attempts in a 34-31 win vs. Pit (9/23) … led the way as McFadden rushed for 114 yards and held the Chiefs defense without a sack in a 26-16 win @ KC (10/28) … helped Marcel Reece post 103 rushing yards on 19 attempts (5.4 avg.) vs. NO (11/18) … held the Chiefs without a sack for only the third time all year (second time vs. Oakland) and helped offense run for 203 yards, including 110 from McFadden, in a 15-0 win vs. KC (12/16); elected as game-week captain prior to contest … played on a line that protected Terrelle Pryor in his first NFL start @ SD (12/30), shutting out a Chargers defense that had piled up 11.0 sacks the prior week.
2011: Started all 16 games at LT while anchoring a line that surrendered just 25.0 sacks, a franchise record and the third-lowest total in the NFL … line allowed one sack or fewer in nine games, including four games with no sacks … in the season opener @ Den (9/12), helped team rush for 190 yards, including 150 yards by Darren McFadden … part of an O-line that led the way for the offense to pile up 454 yards while not allowing a sack @ Buf (9/18) … blocked for a rushing attack that totaled 234 yards on the ground, including 171 yards by McFadden vs. NYJ (9/25) … part of an O-line that did not allow a sack as the Raiders had 504 yards of offense vs. NE (10/2) … led a unit that earned the Week 6 Top Protectors Award presented by Hall of Fame coach John Madden vs. Cle (10/16) … helped offense record 489 total yards, including 191 rushing yards @ SD (11/10); blocked for Michael Bush, who rushed for 157 yards, which represented the second-highest single-game total of his career … held Jared Allen, the 2011 NFL sack leader, without a sack in a Raiders victory @ Min (11/20); snapped Allen’s 11-game sack streak; blocked on a pair of TD runs as Bush scored from two yards out and Carson Palmer scored on a one-yard dive … helped offense total 477 yards vs. Det (12/18) … led an O-line that did not concede a sack in an OT win @ KC (12/24) … blocked for Palmer, who had the third-highest passing total in franchise history (417 yards) and was part of a line that did not allow a sack in the season finale vs. SD (1/1/12).
2010: Saw action in all 16 games as a rookie, earning 11 starts (one at center and 10 at tackle) … named to the NFL All-Rookie Team by The Sporting News after helping the Raiders offense set a franchise record by averaging 4.9 yards per rushing attempt … served as a key part of a line that helped set a team record with three games of 500+ yards of total offense … started at center in his NFL debut @ Ten (9/12) … made first career start at LT @ Den (10/24) and was part of a record-breaking performance, helping the Raiders amass 508 yards of offense and set franchise records for points (59), TDs (eight) and rushing TDs (five); blocked for a running game that totaled 328 yards with Darren McFadden rushing for 165 yards and three TDs … contributed to an offense that recorded its second straight 500-yard performance while anchoring a line that enabled Campbell to pass for 310 yards and McFadden to rush for 111 vs. Sea (10/31); team totaled 239 rushing yards against the Seahawks … helped spring McFadden’s 123-yard rushing performance @ Jax (12/12), which included TD runs of 51 and 36 yards; also provided protection for Campbell, who threw for 324 yards on the day … helped the Raiders accumulate 502 yards of offense while not allowing a sack vs. Den (12/19); McFadden rushed for 119 yards and the team totaled 264 yards on the ground … helped Bush run for 137 yards @ KC (1/2/11), including a 26-yard TD run.
College: Started 46 games at LT over four years at Division II Hillsdale College in south-central Michigan … three-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection and was an All-American in 2009 … was the highest drafted player from Hillsdale since Green Bay picked Chester Marcol in the second round in 1972 … in final two seasons, produced 216 knockdowns, 30 TD-resulting blocks, 16 downfield blocks and an 85.5 percent grade for blocking consistency … blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his four seasons … as a senior in 2009, earned first-team All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report and American Football Coaches Association and was the Super Region III’s top vote-getter in the balloting for the Gene Upshaw Award, given to the top small-college lineman … started all 13 games at LT, leading a ground attack that doubled its scoring output (36 TDs) from the previous season … only gave up two sacks on 442 pass plays … led Chargers to a 10-3 record, as Hillsdale qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time … served as a team captain as a junior in 2008, earning first-team All-GLIAC honors … as a sophomore in 2007, helped a ground attack that featured a 1,000-yard runner as the Chargers had 26 rushing TDs … earned starting spot at LT as a freshman.
Personal: Last name pronounced “vell-DEER” … attended Forest Hills (Grand Rapids, MI) High School where he was named the team’s Most Valuable Lineman and was an all-conference selection as a senior … also lettered twice in basketball, helping lead the team to a combined 34-10 record … co-owns PowerStrength Training Systems gym in Grand Rapids … wife’s name is Morgan … Business Management major.