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Arkansas offensive guard Hjalte Froholdt has received plenty of media and fan attention since he put on a show at the NFL Scouting combine and since he became the first Danish player ever invited to the combine.
Here’s a glance at Froholdt’s unique story as we go over the odds and predictions of which round (if any) he might be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft.
First off, how do you pronounce Hjalte Froholdt’s name?
Though his name looks like someone spilled a bowl full of mostly consonants, it’s actually easy to pronounce, especially if you’re an old-school video gamer.
His full name is pronounced “Yell-duh Fro-holt,” but according to Froholdt, there’s an easy trick to remembering that.
Froholdt, smiling, told the press, “Anyone that knows about (the video game) ‘The Legend of Zelda,’ it’s like ‘Zelda,’ but with a ‘Y,’”
Quick Bio: who is Hjalte Froholdt?
Hjalte Froholdt is a 23-year-old offensive guard who was born in Svendborg, Denmark but who moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas as an exchange student prior to his sophomore year of high school.
Froholdt, now 6-foot-5, 306-pounds, moved back to Denmark for a bit and then started out playing football for the first time in Ohio.
Then he ended up playing the rest of his high school football at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, coached by former Florida State Heisman-winning quarterback Chris Weinke, where he established himself as a top college prospect.
Though Froholdt had only recently taken up football, his size and natural ability attracted attention from many major universities, including Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan.
Where did Froholdt play his college football?
In the end, Froholdt chose the University of Arkansas of the SEC to play his college football.
Though he began as a defensive tackle, by 2016 Froholdt had converted to the offensive line and the proved to be a difference maker since he began to receive a lot more playing time after the transition.
By his senior year, Froholdt started all twelve games and did not allow a single sack in 2018, finishing with an 88.5 grade from PFF in pass block protection.
What are Hjalte Froholdt’s college highlights?
Froholdt received many honors and awards during his four years at Arkansas.
Not only was he honored for his play, he also made the academic honor roll all four of the years that he attended.
- 2018 Second Team All-SEC (AP)
- 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-District
- 2018 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 2017 First Team All-SEC (Pro Football Focus)
- 2017 Third Team All-SEC (Phil Steele)
- 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District
- 2017 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 2016 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 2015 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll
What were Froholdt’s official combine numbers?
Hjalte Froholdt measured in at 6-foot-5, 306-pounds with 31 ¼” arms and 9 ¾” hands.
Froholdt benched pressed 225-pound 31 times (tied for fifth best among the 48 linemen who participated) and his vertical jump was 27.5 inches while his broad jump was 105.0 inches.
He ran the 40-yard-dash in 5.20 seconds (tied for 19th among the 38 linemen who participated) and did the 3-cone drill in 7.51 seconds.
The combined prospect grade that Froholdt received was a 5.31, which indicates that he has NFL backup or special teams potential.
What are Froholdt’s overall strengths and weaknesses?
Froholdt is considered a nasty lineman with excellent blocking fundamentals who consistently gets leverage on opponents and quickly gets his hands on opponents, is able to keep his feet moving, stays square and blocks with the proper lean with the ability to fly out to the second level to attack opponents.
The major weakness of Froholdt is his average skill blocking in motion and his inability to finish blocks due to lack of strength.
Froholdt shows potential at guard and also to be developed at the center, and over time he could begin to start at the next level.
What does Froholdt add to an NFL team?
Chances are Froholdt won’t be off the board until the later rounds since he comes across as a player in need of more development.
At the beginning of his NFL career, Froholdt should be a solid depth add to a roster, and after some development, he could become a serviceable player.
Until he addresses his pass-blocking difficulties, though, his ceiling in the NFL could be limited.
How serious is Froholdt about developing as a player?
One good sign is that apparently, Froholdt is not afraid of hard work, which was made evident early on by how quickly he adapted to the demanding game of football, on and off the field.
He told the media, “I really enjoy training. I love the weight room — sometimes too much.”
Froholdt says that in order to truly develop, it is important for football players to totally buy into a program, especially the nutritional aspects, and he loves to see that change that occurs whenever they do.
Is it true that Froholdt speaks two languages?
Yes, Froholdt speaks English and Danish fluently.
When he speaks to the media, there is a slight accent to his English, but Froholdt speaks with the confidence of someone who was raised speaking the language.
Froholdt returns to his homeland about once or twice a year, and he has told the American media that there are a lot of people in Denmark who give him support.
Why did Froholdt come to America in the first place?
Hjalte has told the media that the reason he traveled overseas to the U.S.A. was to “have the whole American experience.”
When he first considered playing a sport, Froholdt wasn’t even considering football but was actually going to play rugby because his mother’s cousins played it professionally and his uncle was a semi-pro in England, however, the nearest rugby club was 45 minutes away and so he ruled it out.
When Froholdt did begin playing football he quickly fell in love with the American sport, but bottom line football was never about scholarships or NFL careers, it was about meeting and making friends in a new country, and that’s exactly what he has done.
What is Forholdt’s attitude towards the upcoming draft?
Like a lot of prospects who may be on the bubble at this point, Froholdt probably doesn’t care which round he is drafted in but only whether he is drafted at all, and who can blame him.
Nobody feels the tension of the NFL Draft more than those players having to wait until the final rounds to be selected, but regardless, Froholdt is thankful and excited for the opportunity.
It is both Froholdt’s upbeat demeanor and positive outlook on life that are attracting so many fans to this Danish exchange student turned NFL prospect, and when you hear his genuine excitement it is difficult not to root for the bi-lingual young athlete from Denmark.
What are the current odds and predictions on which round an NFL team will draft Froholdt in 2019?
Here are the latest odds and predictions of which draft round (if any) an NFL team will select Froholdt for his services.
Currently, the best odds are of him going undrafted, but it looks like the fifth round, happening on Saturday, is the next best bet.
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Hjalte Froholdt Specials (NFL Draft 2019)
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