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Draft Profile: Hjalte Froholdt

The Great Dane Makes the Great Leap to Pro Football

NCAA Football: SEC Football Media Day Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Who?

Hjalte Froholdt

What Position?

Interior Offensive Lineman

How Big?

Pretty big

Yeah, but like actual numbers

6’-5”, 306 lbs

Strengths:

  • He’s got a great set of technical abilities, garnering praise from coaches, and performing well in technique drills during combine and pro-day workouts
  • Despite his size, he’s shifty, and can move well compared to most linemen
  • Great athleticism
  • Great awareness— seldom penalized (only two times in his collegiate career!)
  • Can play center or guard, and did both in college

Weaknesses:

  • Scouts have said he’ll need to beef up more in the weight room to add strength
  • He has “short arms,” which always seems to hurt player, no matter how impactful that really is
  • Some scouts have said he’s too “scheme-dependent”

The Skinny:

What a journey it’s been for Hjalte Froholdt— from Denmark, to IMG Academy, to Arkansas. While originally recruited as a defensive lineman, Froholdt switched sides in his junior year, when he started all 13 games at left guard. His senior year he played 3 games at center and 9 games at left guard, starting all. In his entire time on the Arkansas offensive line, he never gave up a sack. Froholdt is sort of sleeper pick, in that many think he’ll go higher in the draft than he’s projected. The consensus seems to be that a move to center will be his best shot to make it in the league. It’s worth noting that he had a standout performance against Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, who is projected to be a high first round pick.

Projected Round:

Sixth (but don’t be surprised if a team decides to snag him early)

Who Would He Be If He Was An Avenger:

Thor