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Former Brainerd star Haeg impresses at Pro Day

FARGO -- Former North Dakota State offensive lineman Joe Haeg is not a power forward, but he showed similar athleticism to a basketball player on the Gate City Bank Field artificial turf.

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FARGO -- Former North Dakota State offensive lineman Joe Haeg is not a power forward, but he showed similar athleticism to a basketball player on the Gate City Bank Field artificial turf.

Haeg recorded a 30-inch vertical jump during North Dakota State’s annual football Pro Day Thursday, March 24, at the Fargodome.

And he’s 6-foot-6, 304 pounds.

“One of my biggest assets is my athleticism and my explosion,” said Haeg, who played left tackle for the Bison last season. “I think that was something I was able to show ... by getting my (vertical) up to 30 inches.”

Haeg’s vertical jump was more than two inches better than he tested at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

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Haeg was one of 10 former Bison players who showed their skills in front representatives from 22 NFL teams.

“It’s nice to be done with this evaluation process as far as public standpoint goes,” Haeg said as he heads into private workouts with NFL teams. “It was fun to be out there with my teammates again one last time.”

Haeg was a four-year starter for the five-time defending NCAA Division I FCS national-champion Bison, including two years at right tackle, and the past two seasons at left tackle.

Haeg said NFL teams have been interested in playing him at both guard and tackle positions.

“In this part of the process, versatility is a huge thing,” said Haeg, who is a Brainerd High School graduate. “I think that playing either tackle or guard on either side is something that I’m very comfortable with and capable of doing.”

Haeg only did a portion of the workout testing Thursday since he had already been tested at the NFL Combine.

Haeg also did some individual drills at the NDSU Pro Day, primarily with former Bison offensive lineman Jeremy Kelly.

“It was very similar to a lot of the combine stuff,” Haeg said. “For a lot of guys who weren’t able to go to the Combine, this was their day. I think that was huge to have so many people here.”

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