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25 Days of Draftmas: Arkansas IOL Hjalte Froholdt

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25 days of Draftmas continues along the interior of the offensive line.

NCAA Football: Florida A&M at Arkansas Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

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Hjalte Froholdt, interior offensive line

6’5” | 306 lbs | Arkansas

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

Combine

40-yard dash Bench Press Vertical jump Broad Jump 3-Cone 20-Yard Shuttle
40-yard dash Bench Press Vertical jump Broad Jump 3-Cone 20-Yard Shuttle
5.2s 31 reps 27.5" 105" 7.51s 4.54s

Projected draft range: day three

I would take him in the: fourth round

One-sentence bio: Denmark native that was a highly-recruited defensive tackle entering college and didn’t switch to the offensive side of the ball until his sophomore year.

One-sentence scouting report: Raw technique gives a relatively blank slate to work with while the rare movement skills provide a high ceiling.

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How he fits in KC:

Froholdt is still a developing player along the offensive line and his rawness shows up in his game frequently. Where he makes up for that is in his elite athletic traits and movement ability on the field. Froholdt is a fluid mover, both laterally and linearly, with no difficulties breaking down in space and making blocks on the move. He has experience playing both offensive guard and center for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Froholdt fits a typical Andy Reid offensive line from a general perspective thanks to his size and movement skills. The Chiefs are a zone-rushing team, specifically running a lot of outside zone. They have traditionally asked for former center Mitch Morse to make some very long pulls. Not a ton of offensive coordinators in the NFL are capable of making the long pulls on runs or screens that the Chiefs have traditionally been asking, but Froholdt shows the ability to do so. He’s equally as good as climbing up to the second level and engaging defenders on inside zone and power runs that the Chiefs like to sprinkle in.

Froholdt does need some seasoning before he’s ready to jump into a starting lineup, especially on the mental side of the game and identifying and picking up blitzes. The Chiefs have Austin Reiter currently on the roster who showed to be a more than capable starter but may not have the top end movement skills Morse has shown or Froholdt showed in college. Allowing Froholdt to sit behind Reiter while further developing his mental game would be an ideal situation.

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