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Phil Loadholt (OL)
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 332
College: Oklahoma
Conference: Big 12
Hometown: Fountain, CO
High School: Fountain Fort Carson
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Selected by: Minnesota Vikings
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 22 (54)
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Pick Analysis: The Vikings pick a behemoth tackle prospect to insert into the lineup on the right side. Loadholt excels at blowing defenders off the ball and will thrive in the Vikings' power-based scheme. Though he has some trouble with quick rushers off the edge, his ability to dominate the line of scrimmage is what drove the Vikings to make the pick.
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Overview

The massive offensive tackle teamed with All-American guard Duke Robinson to give the Sooners one of the largest -- and most punishing -- offensive lines in college football.


Oklahoma went on to shatter NCAA records for scoring, as its total of 716 points topped the previous record of 656 points set by Hawaii in 2006.


Robinson delivered 14 touchdown-resulting blocks -- Loadholt chipped in with 16 -- helping the offense total 96 touchdowns for 2008, which bettered the old NCAA season record of 89 touchdowns by Nebraska in 1983. The Sooners also became the first team in collegiate annals to score 60 or more points in five straight contests, as their left tackle registered 94 knockdowns in his final season.


The Colorado native attended Fountain Fort Carson High School, where he also was a standout basketball and track and field athlete. Named the Colorado Springs Area Player of the Year as a senior, he recorded 113 tackles as a defensive lineman, adding eight touchdowns on offense as a tight end and H-back. The two-time gridiron team captain also earned All-State accolades as a junior and senior.


Loadholt led the basketball team to the state title game as a senior. He averaged 17.1 points, 11.2 rebounds and three blocked shots per game, garnering All-State recognition. He also excelled in the discus for the track team, capturing the state title.


Loadholt had originally intended to attend Louisiana State, but was a non-qualifier coming out of high school. He then enrolled at Garden City Community College, twice receiving All-American honors (2005-06). As a sophomore, he was named the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Lineman of the Year. The left offensive tackle produced 93 knockdowns in 2006 and had 113 knockdowns during the 2005 season.


The recipient of Garden City's Student Support Service Award and named to the 3.0 Student Excellence List, Loadholt was rated the 17th-best overall junior college prospect in the country on Super Prep's JUCO 100 List. He was also rated the 20th-best overall prospect in the JUCO ranks by Rivals.com.


Loadholt enrolled at Oklahoma in 2007. He earned All-American honorable mention from Sports Illustrated, adding All-Big Twelve Conference first-team accolades from the Dallas Morning News and second-team recognition from the league's coaches. He started all 14 games at left offensive tackle, where the 360-pounder produced 118 key blocks/knockdowns and graded an overall 80.5% for blocking consistency. He was also credited with 13 touchdown-resulting blocks, but suffered through a rash of penalties, as he was flagged a team-high 13 times.


Loadholt received All-Big Twelve first-team honors from the league's coaches and the Associated Press as a senior. He was suspended for the season opener after he was arrested in June for suspicion of driving under the influence and transporting an open beer can. He returned to start the final 13 games, receiving an 85.62% grade for blocking consistency. He led the team and the conference's offensive linemen with 16 touchdown-resulting blocks, showing more quickness at 340 pounds to record eight blocks downfield. He also showed better field awareness, reducing his penalty total from 13 in 2007 to four in his final season.


Junior College

Loadholt enrolled at Garden City (Kan.) Community College in 2005 after he failed to qualify for enrollment at Louisiana State...Played for head coach J.J. Eckert...Was twice named All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and All-American first-team, lining up at left offensive tackle...Rated the 17th-best overall junior college prospect in the country on Super Prep's JUCO 100 List...Also rated the 20th-best overall prospect in the JUCO ranks by Rivals.com...Recipient of Garden City's Student Support Service Award and named to the 3.0 Student Excellence List...Named Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Lineman of the Year in 2006, as he registered 93 knockdowns and twelve touchdown-resulting blocks...Totaled 113 knockdowns and nine touchdown-resulting blocks during the 2005 season.


High School

Attended Fountain Fort Carson (Fountain, Colo.) High School, playing football for head coach Mitch Johnson...Named the Colorado Springs Area Player of the Year as a senior, he recorded 113 tackles as a defensive lineman, adding eight touchdowns on offense as a tight end and H-back...The two-time gridiron team captain also earned All-State accolades as a junior and senior....Also excelled in basketball and track...In basketball, he led the team to the state title game as a senior...That season, he averaged 17.1 points, 11.2 rebounds and three blocked shots per game, garnering All-State recognition...Competed in the discus for the track team, capturing the state title in that event.


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Analysis

Positives: Potentially dominant drive blocker. Massive man who can engulf his opponent, turn him away from the ballcarrier and pancake him to the ground. Looks to intimidate. Only adequate initial quickness off the snap, but has a deep kick-slide and the long arms to keep the pass rusher at bay. Natural knee bender who plays with impressive leverage and balance for a man of his size. Better lateral quickness than initial.


Negatives: Bit of a "tweener." Too often beaten off the snap by ends to remain at left tackle and might even have to be moved inside -- where his height would be a liability. Marginal lateral quickness to recover when beaten initially. Too often relies on his size, failing to sustain blocks as effectively as he should.


Injury Report

No major injuries reported.


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