- Froholdt would join countrymen Andreas Knappe and Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen.
- Denmark who played football in his native country for the Søllerød Gold Diggers, first went to the United States.
- Froholdt has primarily lined up at guard, but a move to center might give him his best shot as a pro.
The 2019 NFL Draft is set to start April 25 and Danish offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt (Yell-duh Fro-holt), one of only two international players in the Draft, is projected as a solid draft pick, going possibly as high as the fourth round Now This Viral.
If selected, Froholdt would join countrymen Andreas Knappe and Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen as the only Danes to play in the NFL.
The 6’5″, 315 lb, 22 year old native of Svendborg, Denmark who played football in his native country for the Søllerød Gold Diggers, first went to the United States as an exchange student in 2013.
He landed in Ohio where he started playing football to make friends but excelled and moved to the IMG Academy in Florida towards the end of his high school career.
He earned a 4-star recruiting grade there and after offers from a number of major schools ended up in Arkansas where he played guard and center. He developed quickly and was moved to the offensive line where he started all 13 games in 2016 at left guard.
The following year he started all 12 games and did not allow a sack while taking 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.
Better run blocker than he is pass protector when facing speed and power he can lock his lower body and relies heavily on his upper body strength.
He becomes stiff and plodding and grows roots in the ground. Makes him susceptible to losing his balance and leverage and he can get pushed way back.
My favorite part of scouting is learning about a player’s journey.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) November 15, 2018
Like @RazorbackFB OG Hjalte Froholdt, who fell in love with football in his native Denmark and cultivated his game in Warren, Ohio. Up next? The NFL. https://t.co/e03Ehs215j
Inconsistent technique overall, footwork can be hit or miss, same for hand placement and punch. Has issues popping up when trying to engage opponents.
Once beaten by speed he doesn’t have the necessary counter or athleticism to recover. He’ll hold or lunge out of desperation.
Tough, physical, strong player carrying good weight has decent athleticism for the position.
Makes his mark in the run game where he executes very well on pulling blocks, reach blocks, combo blocks, and can get to the second level. Can get his hands square inside the shoulders and move people. Athleticism can shine when he is in space looking for a man to block.
Don’t sleep on Hjalte Froholdt.— Dion Caputi (@nfldraftupdate) February 9, 2019
A brutish OG with a high degree of power. Think his best football is ahead of him he’ll make for a good long-term interior starter. https://t.co/wR6ktVxr79
Has position versatility with experience starting at center and guard.
When he plays with a wide base as a pass blocker he can do a good job of absorbing initial contact and resetting his stance.