From the Patriots Draft Hub at 985TheSportsHub.com
The New England Patriots drafted Arkansas offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt with the 118th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday.
Froholdt has had a unique trajectory in his football career leading up to the NFL. A native of Svenborg, Denmark, he first played football as a sophomore in high school after moving to Ohio. He entered the college ranks as a defensive tackle, but transitioned to the offensive line as a sophomore at Arkansas in 2016. He played three seasons under former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, who is now a consultant for the Patriots and Bill Belichick.
Starting all 12 games for the Razorbacks as a senior, Froholdt earned second team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press. He started at both center and left guard, and didn’t allow a sack all season.
Here’s what NFL.com says about Froholdt in their Draft Profile: “His ability to play both guard and center strengthens his case to become a solid backup who can step in and start in a pinch.”
At the very least, Froholdt should be good camp competition for a backup guard/center spot. Ted Karras currently occupies the top spot in that role.
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