The Minnesota Vikings signed second-round draft pick Phil Loadholt, the team announced Wednesday morning.
Loadholt, the massive offensive tackle from the University of Oklahoma, is the favorite to win the starting right tackle job. He was the 54th overall pick in this year's draft after winning back-to-back Big 12 Conference titles and advancing to the National Championship game in 2008.
The 6-8, 343-pounder started all 48 collegiate games he played in, including 27 at OU. Before transferring to Oklahoma, Loadholt was a two-time All-American at Garden City Community College.
The Colorado native was part of a Sooners offense that set numerous national and school offensive records, including most points scored in a single-season (716), most offensive touchdowns in a single-season (96), and most consecutive games scoring 60 or more points (five). Loadholt was named second-team All-Big 12 as a junior and earned first-team honors as a senior.
He was the sixth tackle drafted in 2009 and the highest tackle selected by the Vikings since Bryant McKinnie in 2007. He is the fourth member of the Vikings five-member 2009 draft class to sign with the team, joining third-round pick CB Asher Allen, fifth-round LB Jasper Brinkley and seventh-round S Jamarca Sanford.
First-round pick Percy Harvin, selected 22nd overall, is the lone draftee for the Vikings left to sign.
Vikings ink second-round OT Loadholt
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