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Patriots.com Draft Profile: OL Hjalte Froholdt

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Round 4, Pick No. 16 (118 overall): Hjalte Froholdt, G/C, Arkansas

Pronunciation: YELL-duh FROH-holdt

Hometown: Svendborg, Denmark

STRENGTHS

Impressive athlete who converted from defensive tackle to offensive line after his freshman year at Arkansas. … Has experience playing both guard and center against high-level competition in the SEC. … Ability to pull and adjust to blocks while working out in space. … Impressive overall build for interior line. … Plays with a decent pad level and a natural lower center of gravity. … Solid core strength and competes well with bull rushers. … Did not allow a sack over the course of his final two seasons for the Razorbacks.

WEAKNESSES

Gets overpowered at times. … Scouts target a need to improve his hand placement at the next level. … May not be athletic enough to deal with interior sub rushers in the NFL. … Doesn’t have the foot quickness to deal with defenders targeting the edges. … Not a true mauler and doesn’t always show the killer instinct to finish blocks. … Short arms. … Just not as physical as expected given his size and athleticism.

PERSONAL

After growing up in Denmark, started playing football in the U.S. as an exchange student in Ohio during his sophomore year of high school. … Then had 10 sacks during his senior season at IMG Academy in Florida. … Was recruited as a defensive tackle to Arkansas and played three seasons under Bret Bielema, who spent 2018 in New England as a consultant to head coach Bill Belichick. … Majored in applied exercise science at Arkansas. … Worked as a Danish broadcaster during the Patriots Super Bowl LIII win in Atlanta. … He and a childhood friend grew up wanting to be “burglars in France.”

COMPARABLE NFL PLAYER

Ted Karras, OL, Patriots: Like Karras, Froholdt has the versatility to play both guard and center though there are questions as to whether he has the overall skill set to be a regular long term starter at either position.

BY THE NUMBERS

Table inside Article
YEAR GP/GS POSITION
2015 10/0 Defensive Tackle
2016 13/13 Left Guard
2017 12/12 Left Guard
2018 12/12 Center / Left Guard
TOTAL 47/37

WORKOUT NUMBERS

Table inside Article
FROHOLDT COMBINE AVG. FOR POS.
Height 6-5 6-4
Weight 306 310
40 Yards 5.20 5.06
Bench 31 27
Vertical Jump 27.5 28.6
Broad Jump 105 105.6
Shuttle 4.54 4.71
Cone 7.51 7.76

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

The Patriots were thin in their offensive interior last season. Froholdt offers a sturdy presence who can play center as well. Mark Dulgerian, NFL.com

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