Phil Loadholt predraft analysis

A look at the predraft analysis for Vikings second-round pick Phil Loadholt.

Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma, 6-8, 332 – Fourth-year senior … An outstanding high school athlete who finished second in the voting for Mr. Basketball of Colorado and winning a state track title in the discus … Did not qualify academically out of high school and spent two years at Garden City Community College in Kansas … Intended to enroll at LSU, but didn't meet the community college transfer requirements and went to Oklahoma in 2007 … Arrested for DUI in June 2008 … Started all 27 games for OU at left tackle … Enormous size and very long arms (36½ inches) … Has good feet and can slide and mirror defenders … Can stymie defenders when he gets his body into them … Has a good hand punch and can jolt defenders and slow them down off the snap … Has good lower body strength and can anchor … Is a good finisher who likes to win one-on-one battles and frustrate his opposite number … Is not very agile at the second level or leading sweeps to the outside … Is inconsistent because he has gotten by so long on his physical abilities that he hasn't spent much time working on his technique … Has struggled with pure speed rushers because he tends to be slow coming out of his stance … Despite his size, he can get driven backward into his quarterback by strong defensive ends … Was surrounded by a very strong group of linemen and tight ends and was essentially only asked to take on one player during the majority of games … Ran a 5.45 40 at the Combine with 26 reps, a 29-inch vertical jump and an 8-9 broad jump.

PROJECTION: Has all the prototype intangibles to be a dominating left tackle, but hasn't shown much in the way of consistency or the ability to handle speed rushers, which will not only drop him into the second round, but potentially have some teams viewing him as a right tackle only. If the Vikings don't go O-line in the first round, he could very well be their pick in the second round.

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