Hjalte Froholdt

Arkansas

Prospect Info

College
Arkansas
Hometown
Class
Svendborg
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
306 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.31
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New England
Patriots
Round 4 ‧ Pick 16
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
5.2u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
31
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
27.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
105.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.51
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.54
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Hjalte Froholdt (pronounced yell-duh fro-holt) came to the United States from Denmark as a foreign exchange student his sophomore year in high school. He returned to Denmark for one year before coming back to America to attend the IMG Academy in Florida (to play for former Heisman Trophy winner Christ Weinke) his senior year. Despite limited experience, his promise was not lost on colleges or recruiting services, as he was ranked among the top 20 defensive linemen in the country. Froholdt played in 10 games on defense for Arkansas in 2015 (three tackles) before moving to the other side of the line the following spring. He started all 13 games at left guard in 2016, and then all 12 games at that spot as a junior, not allowing a sack and incurring only two penalties. Froholdt started his senior season at center, starting the first three games there before switching back to left guard for the final nine contests.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 5
NFL Comparison
Greg Mancz
Overview
Froholdt has primarily lined up at guard, but a move to center might give him his best shot as a pro. He has good power to absorb and neutralize at the point of attack, but there just aren't enough wins as an in-line blocker due to his lack of push. Froholdt also struggles to protect his edges through foot quickness or functional power and he should be able to get the help he needs at center. 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.
Strengths
  • Can take reps at either guard spot and center
  • Operates with adequate pad level as an interior blocker
  • Long torso and short legs provides lower center of gravity
  • Strong core for plus contact balance
  • Short-area quickness to mirror slants and sustain on the frontside
  • Excellent radar adjusting to targets in space on short and long pulls
  • Takes optimal track up to middle linebackers on outside zone
  • Able to drop anchor and stand ground against bull rushers
  • Recognizes twist development and responds accordingly in pass pro
  • Posted solid tape in matchup against Alabama's Quinnen Williams, a projected high first-round pick.
Weaknesses
  • upper-body power does not match core strength
  • Struggles to press and redirect defender once they access his edge
  • Wins the earliest phase of the block but gives way as rep progresses
  • Missing glass-chewing mentality as a finisher
  • Hand placement in run game is in dire need of correcting
  • Loses leverage and sustain potential when hands land high and slide off the pads
  • Marginal leg drive to uproot opponent and clean up his run lane
  • Feet deaded when asked to mirror in space
  • Athletic sub-package rushers might be too much for him in pass pro
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league